Do you want a peaceful home? What does your home sound like?
Set the Tone
We all know music can create a mood. Energetic music can keep us going for exercise or housecleaning. Soft music can be nice for relaxing.
Just like music, your tone of voice sets the mood in your home. Be very careful about how you speak to your family. They deserve the same cheerfulness you give to others, so greet your family with a smile.
Peace & Quiet
Make quiet moments when you can. Noise has the same effect on your body as stress. It makes your body produce stress hormones, and it raises your blood pressure. Be sure to turn off the television and music for a while so you can take a break.
What Do Your Children Listen To?
Little children are sponges, soaking up every word and sound they hear. We don’t have access to television, but our little one does watch movies. We make sure those movies have well-written dialogue, little to no sarcasm, and a quality soundtrack. (Some of our favorites are Charlotte’s Web and Mary Poppins.)
It’s not always peaceful and quiet at our house. Since we have the rule “no screaming in public”, Lane thinks it’s great fun to yell “Scream at home!” and then scream as loudly as possible. It usually ends in a fit of giggles, which makes it totally worth it.
More Sounds Around the House
If you have noisy appliances, plan ahead for what would be a good time to run the washing machine or dishwasher.
Adjust the volume on the television or radio. Sometimes you don’t even realize how loud they are. Also turn down the volume on your telephone ringer.
White noise such as fans can help you ignore many sounds.
Pay attention to small details too. Fix a squeaky door hinge with a quick spray of WD-40. Add adhesive felt pads to the corners of cabinet doors so they don’t slam. Felt pads can also help chairs slide quietly over wood floors.
Open up the windows and let the outside sounds of the breeze, rain, or birds come in. (If you live in the city like I do, sometimes the early morning is best.)