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.