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Creating a loving home for your new family is at the top of your mind when you have children. It can be challenging to know exactly what to do to make sure they are safe and happy. Are you aware of all the things you should be doing to make sure that your home is a healthy place for your little ones? Do you have a plan in place for making your house a peaceful environment? With just a few guidelines, you can set your family up for success and ensure that you have many enjoyable years together ahead.

Be Prepared

Life is full of uncertainty and part of showing your family love and care is making sure that you are prepared for any emergencies that may arise. This can include making sure you have functional smoke detectors, a fully-stocked first-aid kit, flashlights, extra batteries, a power circuit breaker, a radio, bottled water, non-perishable food, and emergency blankets. You may also want to have identification, extra cash, and fully-charged cell phones on hand, as well. Have an emergency system in place for your family before anything happens. Decide on where you will go and what you will do in case of a natural disaster or other crisis. Above all, try to anticipate the needs of your family as best you can and plan accordingly, but know that you can't control everything.

Nurture a Peaceful Environment

Reduce the stress in your home as much as possible in order to foster loving surroundings. This starts with successfully managing your own feelings so that your anxiety does not have an effect on your family. Practice mindfulness and focus on remaining in the present moment, even when you begin to feel pressured. This will help other family members, especially young ones, to feel safe and secure. A peaceful environment can also extend to the appearance of your home. Use soft lighting throughout the house and consider diffusing some calming scents at the end of the day. You may also want to think about decorating with peaceful colors and soft furnishings to encourage your family to feel safe and at ease when they are spending time at home.

Prioritize Safety

Safety is often about the small details. Keep medications and firearms safely locked away where little hands are unable to reach them. Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home in case of a CO leak, as well as smoke alarms. Check the batteries on these devices once per month and change the batteries twice per year. Avoid using potentially toxic household products, like bleach and other chemicals, in areas where your children will be playing or spending time. Safety gates are also important, especially if you live in a house with stairs. Also remember to never leave your children alone with any pets, no matter how docile they have been in the past.

Focus on Your Loved Ones

At the end of the day, a loving home starts with your relationship with your family and extends from there. There are many small things you can do throughout each day to help your family know how much you value them. Make an effort to spend time with the people you love in a way that nurtures your connection. Children feel more secure with boundaries and a schedule, so having dinner together each day and establishing family rituals around bedtime can go a long way to making them feel safe and loved. Also be sure to say "I love you" regularly, apologize when you have made mistakes, have frequent conversations about how you are feeling, and put aside electronics to concentrate on each other.

Putting your family first is the key to a loving, peaceful home. Follow a few guidelines and you'll be well on your way to creating the type of environment that supports a strong, healthy life together.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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