Have you ever wondered what happy families have in common with each other? Here are 5 things that happy families have in common.
5 Things All Happy Families Have In Common
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If you want to make sure your family is happy more often than not, it’s important to take the steps that will help you to get to where you want to be. When looking at a high number of happy families, it becomes clear that they all have a few things in common. Take a look at the following things and see what you can do to become more like the happiest families out there:
Weekly Family Meetings
Hold a family meeting once a week for 20 minutes. That’s all it takes to get everybody on the same page. Talk about what you all did great that week, and what could have been better. If you haven’t had much time together, for example, see if you can schedule some quality time somewhere like PDPlay. Of course, holding family meetings to discuss what could have been better may lead to arguments. This is why you also need to learn how to argue the right way. Make sure everyone can take a step back from the situation and figure out what’s really going on.
How do you have a successful Family Meeting? Follow these simple steps to have a successful Family Meeting!
- Family meetings should have an agenda. All family members should know what will be discussed and can add things to your family meeting agenda.
- Your family meeting should be at a regularly scheduled time.
- All family members should be encouraged to participate in the family meeting.
- Come to your family meeting ready to resolve concerns and celebrate the accomplishments of family members. This is also a time when you can go over everyone’s weekly schedule or make weekend or vacation plans.
- You should always end your family meeting with dessert!
A plus to having a regularly scheduled family meeting is more unity in your family and better communication.
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A Family Mission Statement
It might seem strange, coming up with a family mission statement, but it will help all members of the family stay focused on what is truly important. Take some time to sit down together and discuss what it means to be a part of your family. This can be a transformative experience for families.
Do you want to be a family that values quality time without technology and spends time in the outdoors? A family that takes the time to understand one another and communicates without shouting? Write it out when you’ve got it, and include about 10 values. Choose a family motto that everyone can remember that represents your family mission statement. You could make a sign with your family motto on it and display your family motto in an area that everyone can see. This isn’t really any more serious than setting goals for your family, so don’t put it off!
Sharing Family History
The happiest families usually have a good idea of their family history. Every family has a story. Explore your family tree to find out more about your family.
If you don’t know much about your family history or just want to find out more, there are many websites that can help you find more about your family tree and your family history. Share stories with your family about the tough times your family faced, what challenges they overcame. This gives family members the confidence and inspiration to know they can get through challenges too. Tell your family about the tough times your family faced, what challenges they overcame, and give them the confidence and inspiration to know they can do it too. Studies have shown that talking about your family history is key to emotional well being and also connects generations.
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Agreed Parenting Techniques
Parenting with your partner means you both have to be on the same page. You don’t want your kids to ask one of you for something after having failing asked the other one. When you and your partner agree with and practice positive parenting techniques your children know what is expected of them. Positive parenting techniques take practice. You may need to compromise, but this will make you seem united to your kids – arguing in front of them about what you should do is a definite no-no.
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Eating Meals Together
Many families have mad schedules, which makes it a little tough to eat meals together. Family meals are a place where family members gather and nourish their body and their soul. However, you don’t have to have dinner together, if that’s too tough. Have breakfast together if that’s easier. Eating together as a family will forge a stronger bond and encourage more quality time spent together.
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Do you have anything in common with these happy families? What are you going to change? Leave your thoughts below!
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Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!