Today is part two of our Challenge to build healthy relationships. We’re looking at building healthy relationships with our family members.
For the purpose of this challenge, I want to make it clear that family is defined as one that you’re born into OR one that you’ve created for yourself. It’s a group of people who have your back no matter what and who love you unconditionally, and vise versa.
So many of us take our families for granted because we know that they’re always there for us. This week, let’s take a moment to make time for them to show them just how much they mean to us and how much we appreciate them.
Developing close and strong relationships with family members is integral to our wellbeing as it helps everyone feel loved, secure and provides us with the confidence to explore our world. It also provides with us with the respect and openness that we need to share our opinions freely and resolve conflicts together.
Since there are so many benefits to building relationships with our family members, let’s get started with the following steps:
#1. Family Time
Dedicate time to spend with your family and keep it sacred. When I was younger, my grandparents insisted on tea time as our time together. My aunties, uncles, cousins and everyone used to come over and we’d enjoy this time together. Now, I like eating dinner with my family.
Can you set some time aside for your family? When will it be?
#2. Sleepovers or Stay-cations
Plan some time to sleep over at a relatives’ house or have them stay at your house. Alternate this to keep it fair. Put on your pajamas and play a game or watch a movie together. Consider this to be 1-1 time instead of an entire family getting together. It allows you get to know each other on a deeper level and it keeps you from feeling lonely because you know that you’re loved and have company.
#3. Texting Buddies
Not everyone likes talking in person or on the phone but you can text each other and get to know one another. Text each other jokes, funny memes or just chat about your day.
Now, with so many wonderful apps, you can create group chats if you’re not into 1-1 chats. My family has one for extended family and one for my immediate family.
#4. Yummy Time
Cook and eat meals together. This is a great time to be creative, talk, laugh, dance and eat together. There’s nothing more exciting that enjoying a meal together.
A bonus to this activity is that it costs much less than if you went out to a restaurant and you can make a fool of yourself without wondering if strangers will judge you for it.
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Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:
- The importance of developing healthy relationships with your family.
- Four steps to try this week: family time, sleepovers or stay-cations, texting buddies, and yummy time.
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I’ll see you next Friday at 5:30pm PST.
Until I see you next time, remember to create, experience & teach from the heart.