Care For your Family by Getting Back to Basics

When it comes to taking care of your family, furry family members included, it can often be incredibly hectic to try and keep up with the latest and greatest in trends. Family care-giving seems to be constantly evolving. There is always a new trend or fad that it seems like everyone is adhering to. While it can be tempting to jump on the many bandwagons of running a modern family, sometimes it is helpful to get back to simple basics.
Let’s face it; in today’s crazy world no one can really do it all. Most of us have a daytime job that rarely ends when the clock strikes five. Most of us also have nighttime work that can feel like a second full-time job. From taking care of the kids to taking care of ourselves, it seems that the work never ends. Getting back to basics in the fashion can be an easy way to check off the high-level boxes that will build a solid core for your family’s success.

Function Over Fashion
When you have children, it can often be stressful to try to keep up with the latest fashion trends when shopping for school clothes. This is another area that you can remove stress in your life. Your kids will always be pushing for the latest fashion trends. Make your life easy by setting aside time for a seasonal shopping trip that focuses on function over fashion. Look for pieces of clothing that will serve as staples, things like socks seamless and comfortable. These staple pieces can be dressed up in a variety of ways to evolve with different styles and trends. Staple pieces include clothing items like a well-tailored pair of jeans, pairs of basic flats for girls or loafers for boys, and simple well-made cotton shirts that can be dressed up or worn plain. Smaller accessories can be layered in as trends evolve.
Eat Healthy by Eating Simple
There always seems to be something new that you either need to avoid or should be using in your family’s diet. When thinking about your family’s diet, think simple. With all the fads out there, the basics of the age-old food pyramid still hold true at the core of healthy eating. Take some stress out of your life by sticking to the basics when you hit the grocery store.
Love the Pet without Overdoing Things
Pets are one of the biggest joys in the life of a family. They bring unconditional love and fun into your family’s daily routine. However, it can’t be overstated that pets have needs that add more tasks to your list of things to do, especially if that pet is a pup. A way to simplify the needs of your pet is to set aside one day each month to cater to all the needs of your pet. Set aside one weekend day to knock out all of the things your pet will need that month. This can include a grooming appointment, any veterinary needs, picking up a few new toys, and buying an extra-large bag of food that will last several weeks. Knowing that your pet is well-cared for and won’t need weekly items picked up from the pet store will give you a strong feeling of accomplishment.

These are just a few simple ways to get back to basics when it comes to caring for your family. Lifting stress off of yourself will give you more quality time to devote to your family’s needs.


  1. Victoria Ess says

    Great message — it’s all about doing what works, and not going overboard or doing too much.

  2. Cheryl Grandy says

    Yes, keeping things simple ( or at least simpler) helps make life better.

  3. When we had a fire, we quickly learned stuff is just stuff and now keep things simple and necessary. It’s amazing how much stuff we do not need.

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