Keys to a Happy Family
do or say something to each member of your family that
conveys the message:
"I care about you and you are very important to
Be generous with your time.
in a caring sensitive way with your family. Listen to other
family members intensely when they talk. Look directly at
them. Use their names often.
children firmly, stay calm and in control of yourself with the knowledge that
your children need your gentle firmness and guidance. Don't be
afraid to say "NO". It's an important word for a
child to hear.
of yourself, give to yourself and your relationship with
your spouse. You are a person as well as a parent!
If you are in a couple relationship, work
together as a parenting team. Make important parenting
decisions together. Most major decisions can wait until both
parents have a chance to discuss them and reach an
agreement. Try not to discipline in the heat of anger.
your children to learn responsibility by taking
self-responsibility for their behaviour. Use natural
consequences; don't rescue or cover up for your child with
your spouse or others.
sense of humour. Laugh with your family and remember, your
offspring will likely be parents one day.
We're rusty at these things, but with help, we
can learn ways to make each member of the family feel really
important, loved and special.