The mental well being of everyone in your family is crucial to happiness. Raising great families means paying attention to emotional and mental health as well as physical health.
Recent studies have shown a dramatic rise in the incidence of mental health issues among children and teens. Anorexia, depression and self harm are on the rise while some unexpected children are showing signs similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) more usually seen in children who have lived in war zones.
This is dramatic but thought provoking. We are all so caught up in our worlds of keeping up, making sure we do every activity and no-one misses an opportunity that our children's mental health is in danger. We think we are doing our best at raising great families but most of the time we don’t even notice until the problem becomes critical - when was the last time you really spent time WITH the kids both mentally and physically? (I often used to find myself listing my to do’s when I was supposed to be paying attention).
It may be worth spend some time connecting with your family . This will hopefully lead on to you seeing how they are all really feeling (and vica versa). Try any one (or all!) of these 3 simple ideas to start you off.
For our family routine we have chosen to have a movie night every Friday with a favourite meal. We all sit down together and watch a movie (which we take it in turns to choose from a pot we’ve made of family friendly movies). This is the only time our family really sits to watch TV and it’s a time the kids really look forward to. We then finish with a favourite meal (currently fish and chips!). I hope over the years it will continue to draw the kids in and encourage them to reconnect even when the world outside is far more exciting!
Hopefully these 3 simple ideas for raising great families by improving your relationships well help your family connect. Good luck and let us know how you get on! xx
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