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Finding Peace at Home This Holiday Season

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to keeping the peace in your home and enjoying a happy holiday season with your family.

Traditionally the holiday season is about peace and joy, but if you’re a parent, you know how difficult it can be to keep a peaceful feeling in your home. This is especially difficult when there is existing tension in family relationships or during stressful times.

As you reflect on this topic, a feeling of peace in your home may seem out of reach for your family. I would encourage you to first, keep in mind that perfection is not possible and will only result in frustration for everyone involved. Instead, focus on making small changes, developing consistency, and celebrating signs of improvement.

Here are a few steps you can take that will contribute to an overall feeling of peace in your home. A shift in perspective, increased connection, self-care, or greater understanding may be all you need to get things moving in the right direction.

Check-in with Yourself First

Before you can promote peace in your home, it’s important that you check-in with yourself first. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, it’s going to be difficult—if not impossible—to maintain a sense of peace within your home. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself both physically and emotionally so you can show up for your family in the best way possible. This means getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, and spending time doing things that bring you joy outside of parenting.

Communicate with Your Co-Parent

When it comes to keeping the peace between you and your co-parent, communication is key. If you’re feeling stressed about the upcoming holidays, talk to your co-parent about it. See if there are any areas where you can lighten each other’s load or come up with a plan that will work for both of you. The more you communicate, the easier it will be to find a solution that works for everyone.

Find Ways to Relax and De-Stress

There are plenty of ways to relax and de-stress, so find what works best for you and make time for it—especially during the holiday season. This could mean taking a yoga class, going for a walk outdoors, reading a book, taking a bath, listening to calm music, or anything else that helps you relax and recharge.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

During the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the little things and lose sight of what’s really important. If something doesn’t go according to plan, don’t sweat it. The most important thing is that you’re all spending time together and making memories.

Be Present with Your Family

One of the best ways to keep the peace in your home is to be present with your family when you’re together. This means putting away your phone, being fully engaged in conversations, and enjoying quality time together without any distractions.

Give Each Other Space When Needed

There will be times when you need some space from your family, and that’s okay. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break and go into another room for a little while. This will help you reset and come back feeling more patient and ready to engage. You can even check in with your partner from time to time to make sure they’re not feeling overwhelmed. If they need a break, let them take a step back while you take care of things at home. A partnership is just that—a partnership.

Practice Gratitude

Finally, one of the simplest—but most effective—ways to keep the peace in your home is to practice gratitude. Each day, take a few minutes to think about things you’re grateful for in your life. This could be your family, your home, your health, or anything else that brings you joy. Focusing on the good will help you feel more positive and optimistic, which can go a long way in maintaining a peaceful feeling in your home.

Parenting is hard enough as it is, so don’t put extra pressure on yourself to make everything perfect this holiday season. Just make small, daily changes and work to be consistent in your intentions. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to keeping the peace in your home and enjoying a happy holiday season with your family.

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Mike Christian

Back-End Developer & DevOps​

Mike is one of those brilliant, self-taught, back end developers that you always hear about. As a youth he could trust that “My mother would love me no matter what . . .” When he isn’t cranking out new code, Mike keeps up on the newest technologies and every Tuesday and Thursday nights he trains SpeedSoft with his team.

Rafael Pampoch

Web Developer

Rafael has his degree in Marketing and Advertising and years of experience with our dev team. As a teen he could trust that “The most important thing in life is love, and the most valuable things are our family and friends.” When he isn’t working on making the website and mobile versions of Trustyy seamless and functional, he unwinds by exploring nature. His favorite activities are climbing mountains, camping, going to the beach, swimming, playing the harmonica and always learning new things.

Afton Wilde


Afton’s experience is in marketing and bookkeeping.  As a teen she could trust that with her parents “Feeding the horses and milking the cow each day before school–not after–was a must.”  When she isn’t busy with keeping Trustyy’s lights on, you’ll usually find her baking up a new treat or working on a sewing project.

Nicoli Cristini

Marketing Assistant

Nicoli has a degree in Multimedia Production.  She has worked with our team of developers for three years.  She learned to trust her own parents when they taught her “Things won’t come easy and that working hard will bring me great blessings!”  When she isn’t putting together beautiful marketing pieces for the Trustyy App she likes to take pictures, play the guitar, piano, and drums, and meet up with her family to laugh over the silly things they did as kids.

Adriano Rodrigues

Mobile Developer

Adriano is certified in Analysis and Systems Development.  In his family he could trust the fact that “One difficult experience teaches me that failure is not the end, but rather an opportunity for growth and learning.”  When he is away from his work in making sure the Trustyy App buttons and bells and whistles are working properly, he likes to go to the gym, to the beach to surf, on walks with his dog, or go out with his girlfriend.

Lucas Baumgart

Product Designer

Lucas’s work experience is in User Experience, Interface Design and Product Management. As a teen he could trust that “In my home honesty was highly valued and lying was not tolerated.”  When he isn’t at work making sure the Trustyy App is easy on the eyes, Lucas likes hiking, gaming, going out for dinner, and spending time with family.

Cadu Olivera

Front End Developer

Cadu has his education in Analysis and System Development.  While growing up he could always trust that “My parents would be there to support from playing soccer at the park to learning to ride a bike.”   When he isn’t making sure things are easily navigated for our Trustyy App users, he likes to play beach soccer and enjoy music of any type, but specifically rock, country, R&B, and pop.

Mike Curi

Back End Developer

Mike is one of those brilliant, self-taught, back-end developers that you always hear about. As a youth he could trust that “My mother would love me no matter what.” When he isn’t cranking out new code, Mike keeps up on the newest technologies and every Tuesday and Thursday nights he trains SpeedSoft with his team. 

Roxanne Thayne

Co-Founder/Chief Marketing Officer

Roxanne received her bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education.  She has worked in publishing and marketing for the past 14 years.  In her family Roxanne says she could trust that “Her grammar and posture would be consistently corrected, to help her to become a lady.”  When she isn’t busy writing and beautifying things for the Trustyy App, you can find her reading biographies, practicing yoga, or gathering the family to talk business, celebrate wins or just plain hang out.

Sidney Rodrigues

Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer

Sidney has a bachelor’s degree in Web Development and has worked in technology for 16 years, building apps for the last 10 years. Growing up he could trust that “It was always expected that I would fix anything related to technology.”  When he isn’t managing the development of the Trustyy App, you will find him spending time with his wife and kids. He loves to make Brazillian BBQ with his family.

Jim Lee

Co-Founder/Chief Product Officer

Jim has a degree in Design and over 25 years of experience creating SaaS products and managing talented product and development teams.  In his years at home as the oldest of five he could trust that “Each child got a weekly ‘night-up’ where we got to stay up late with a parent and do anything we wanted with them.”  When he isn’t looking 10 miles down the road for what will come next on the Trustyy App, you will find Jim canyoneering, doing photography, watercolor painting, or keeping up on the latest gadgets and technologies.

Eric Turner

Co-Founder/Chief Operations Officer

Eric earned his degree in Communications, Public Relations and Advertising, then added on an MBA.  He says he could trust that “His parents were honest people who kept their commitments–especially to their kids.”  When Eric isn’t keeping everyone at Trustyy on task, he is an outdoor enthusiast, year around, rain or shine, cold or hot, with biking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Tim Thayne

Founder | Chief Executive Officer

Tim earned masters and doctoral degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, and has 30 years of experience working with families.  While growing up Tim says he could trust that “My mother would love me no matter what, and that my dad would require that I respect my mother.”  When he isn’t busy guiding the vision for the Trustyy App, you can find Tim working around the house and yard, taking care of his sheep, dogs and horses, or enjoying a game of Corn Hole with the family.