On Your Mind: Taking the temperature of your family

By Lori Chalmers, Director of Children and Family Services, Ozark Guidance

Everyone is part of a family, whether it’s one you are born into or one you choose and create yourself. Some families are healthier than others, but every family takes a certain amount of work to keep it alive and growing.  Sometimes we get so busy that we forget to take care of the relationships within a family.

Here are some tips for nurturing those relationships:

  1. Turn off the TV – it’s hard to find out what’s going on in the lives of your family members when you’re paying attention to the lives of the television “Real Housewives of Elsewhere!”
  2. Have a family meeting – sometimes the grown-ups forget to let their kiddos have some input.  Have a family meeting where each family member gets a turn to talk.  Set a timer and don’t interrupt!
  3. Date night – get some one-on-one time with adults.  This can be a tough one moms!  Don’t forget to spend some time with people other than your kids.  If you don’t have a significant other, get in a girl’s night!
  4. Create rituals – celebrate things that happen in your lives beyond just birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.  Bedtime, waking up, coming home from school – all of these daily moments are opportunities for making a ritual, which can be important and make a big impact on your relationships within your family.

Moms are often the emotional barometer of a family. Check in and assess where your family is and take a minute to grow the relationships within your family!

For more information about mental health and wellness log onto the Ozark Guidance web site at www.ozarkguidance.org or call 750-2020.  If you would like a Mental Wellness Awareness lapel pin, call 695-1240 and ask to speak with Staci or Jane.