I’d been a while since I’ve had the time to post on this blog…it’s already summer. What are you and the kiddos doing to create a positive and fun family culture? I find that many of my clients identify many of their positive childhood memories from the activities they shared with their parents and siblings.
We just returned from a 9 day raft trip down the San Juan River in Utah. It was quite and adventure! We shared a lot of hard work, amazing scenery, and flat out FUN! Go here if you’d like to read my blog about fun and safe Family Rafting.
That was the type of trip we try to do once a year. With rafting season being short, we a planning other family adventures. You don’t need to take a week off of work to plan a fun adventure. We live in Colorado, but where ever you live make sure you’re exploring the area in ways that will make great memories for your children. As parents we know that “time flies”, so let’s make sure we are doing our best to make the most out of the time we have with our children.
I’d like to challenge all of the parents I work with and who read my blog to work on their family culture this summer. What kind of family do you want to be. A fun and playful family? A family that does interesting things together? A family that talks? Or when we are honest with yourself (or our children tell us) are we in an angry family? Or a disconnected family that isn’t that close? Let’s work on being the type of family that shares the positive things life has to offer.
Look at your family’s culture. Is there too much yelling? Are kids not doing their “jobs”? Is there too much “Screen Time” going on for the kids or adults?
We don’t need to spend a lot of money to be a busy family that is active. Look into your local Recreation Center. Find out if there is a pottery class, or swimming team…something that your kids normally do not do. Music lessons? Let’s have some fun and grow together. Of if you’re like my family, we are going to do a lot of camping, hiking and and playing around this summer.
And remember the 3 Family Rules:
We are Kind
We are Honest
We do our Jobs
Everything falls into one of those categories. Encourage good behavior and set logical consequences for behaviors you want to extinguish.
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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
William Strong, LCSW
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