It is important for every family to learn how to maintain healthy family relationships. Maintaining healthy relationships with a family can affect a family member emotionally, physically, and spiritually. If you expect for your family to be there in a time of need, you have to have developed a relationship with your family. Here are some tips on how to maintain healthy family relationships.
- Have a set family dinner time. Try to do this three to four times a week. Since schedules can get hectic, this will probably be impossible to do every night. Discuss current and upcoming events in one another lives and how each other day or week is going. Make sure every family member gets involved in the conversation so that no one feels left out.
- Keep an open line of communication. All family members should feel comfortable discussing personal problems and problems among each other without feeling afraid or embarrassed. Keep in mind that you are trying to resolve any family conflicts when discussing problems among each other and not make them worse.
- Have family meetings on a weekly or monthly basis. Use this time to have family discussions to work on communication and to possibly solve any problems that need to be dealt with. This can help maintain a healthy family relationship.
- Plan family activities and exercise together at least once a week. Family outings or activities whether playing games, going to the movies, bowling, or out to dinner are important to maintain healthy family relationships. Also, try to incorporate weekly exercise with each other to also have good physical health. You can do physical activities such as, walking, biking, or playing a sport.
- Have one on one times with your kids. Have an outing with each child at least once a month if possible. Do something that they are interested in doing and that they would consider fun. This is a great time to find out what is going on in your child's life or in their mind, and any problems with friends or relationships that they may be having. Spending one on one time with you kids will make them feel loved, appreciated, needed, and not left out.