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This week we’re talking about ways to care for your family. Now, first what we need to understand is that each family is different and each family’s needs are different. Some of us may be married with no children, others married with ten. Some mothers may have children with special needs while others don’t. While others may have husbands who work trade jobs while others work in offices.
So, with keeping that in mind, let’s look at some ways to care for your family.
1 | Meeting their physical needs
In my home, the biggest issues that were apparent was beating the cold and the hard days. My significant other worked a trade job and with us living in Vermont, the winters could be brutal.
One of his favorite things that I would do would be I would put his towel and clothes in the dryer while he showered after work. I would run them into him as soon as he was done and then he had something warm to put on.
He really enjoyed this and I can say that it is definitely an easy thing to do for either your husband or a child.
Other things that I’ve done to meet the specific needs of my family physically are buying extra thick blankets, more throw pillows, and have favorite foods ready on hard days.
Whenever my nanny kids had a fun day in the snow, I’d always be sure to have some pjs in the dryer and some hot cocoa on the stove. It’s just a little thing but years later they still remember it.
2 | Meeting their emotional needs
When my significant other got home from work, he often would just need quiet time. He worked extremely long and hard days in all kinds of weather overseeing others. It was taxing not only on his body, but on his mind as well.
The best thing that I could do for him was keeping dinner warm until he got home and off the job, and having a quiet dinner where he was met with a hug and kiss and then was able to eat in silence.
Now, I should say the silence did not last all night but just for him to have 30 minutes or so to decompress for the day seemed to really help him.
3 | Meeting their spiritual needs
My sweet significant other cried the first time I prayed over him. It wasn’t something big, or a big prayer, it was just me being spontaneously thankful for him in my life. He let me know that he had never had a woman pray over him and I couldn’t know how much that meant to him.
It was something that took me about a minute to do, it wasn’t something that needed to be pre-prepared and it had a lasting impact that set the tone for our relationship.
As we get caught up in everyday life, we often don’t get to see the battles our family members are fighting when they’re not with us. Whether it’s bullies at school, a bad manager at work, or something else; you can be a safe space for your family by providing small acts of kindness for them.
Leave your ideas down in the comments below or join our challenge in The Homemaker’s Corner Facebook Group on fun and easy ways to serve your family!