Do You Want A Happy Family?
5 Ideas For A Happier Family
Of course, we all want a happy family, right? What “happy family” means may be a little different to each of us. But the more, and longer, I move through life, I realize the story we all want to tell is that we come from, belong to, and/or hope to have – a happy family.
Our dream for FamilyStorytelling.com is that it will be a place where we can share ideas and learn ways to build a happy family – one story at a time.
A search for “How to have a happy family” will produce plenty of advice. Yet, given some of that advice, I've watched friends and loved ones do things “in search of happiness” that ultimately make them miserable. I've watched friends and loved ones who live with joy (in spite of all kinds of hard things), and seemed to never have to do much “searching” for happiness. For years I've pondered the difference, and I've come to some conclusions.
With friends and family gathered around the Thanksgiving table this year, what will the conversations include? If your family is anything like mine, conversations can vary from the mundane, to the outrageous! When a large group of people get together, it can be hard to keep conversation away from topics that are sure to bring debate to the gathering. Let’s face it, unless everyone in your family agrees 100% on politics, religion and which movie was the best of the year, chances are that you are in for a less than “Norman Rockwell” experience.
Today marks 15 years since the passing of my dear mother-in-law, Donna Hill. She was an amazing woman – maybe not by the world's standards, but certainly by mine...
~~As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach most people are reminded of all the blessings they have. As a family activity every year we make a new list of everything that we are thankful for. I encourage the kids to say whatever they feel. I always love the little tidbits that my kids add. In the last few years some of the things they have listed are cereal, blankets, toys, friends, dinosaurs, my best family ever, applesauce, and my binky. Some of the things on their list were similar to years before, TV, hot weather, trophies, jumping, phones, horsies, sleep, recess, and walking.