this family life episode 66: forward planning for harmony and happiness

this family life episode 66: forward planning for harmony and happiness

this family life episode 66: forward planning for harmony and happiness

Welcome to the ninth week of season five of the this family life podcast! This season is focusing on how our family is organising, surviving and at times thriving under the stay at home restrictions in place in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each week I am recording a short, in time podcast episode sharing:

  • What is working
  • What isn’t working
  • Resources that have helped make our time at home more enjoyable, more productive or healthier

In this week’s episode it looked like:


Finding pockets of one on one time with the kids has worked really well. As we get near the end of our stay at home experience, the difference of spending one on one time with the younger three was noticeable. Even though I know how well this works, I always seem to be surprised by this. If you are after some more info on this topic this post is worth reading –Spending Individual Time With The Kids.

Being able to go places definitely worked this week too! And being able to commit to the kids that we can go away for the school holidays to visit family gave everyone a boost. And there is actually science behind this to prove that looking forward to a holiday makes you happier.

It takes more than a vacation to make people happy. Indeed, vacationers tend to be happier than non-vacationers in the lead up to their break, but once they are back, there is very little difference between the two groups’ levels of happiness.

Happiness is … looking forward to your vacation

Not working

For me at least seeing everyone doing more outside of the home has meant that card games at night with all the family is no longer workable every evening 🙁 .


Joyce from TOT: HOT OR NOT has amazing location guides if you are after some inspiration of where you can go for this upcoming school holidays, amongst the Victorian regional guides here are just a few that are worth checking out:

Want to share something about your stay at home experience? I would love to hear from you! Email at let me know.

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