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Improve Family Relationships & Communication: Week 1 of Improve Your Life

As working moms, in the home or not, we’re are always juggling many hats. If we aren’t working on something for our employer, we’re being the cook, the chauffeur, the personal shopper, the nurse, the disciplinarian or one of the other tons of jobs we take on each and every day for our family. This, of course, is on top of our duties as a wife and woman. I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I’m lucky if I can find 5 minutes to paint my toe nails once per season! 🙂 If this sounds like you then you’re in luck.

This series is all about helping us live better lives with minimal time requirement. Taking time for our mental health, improving our relationships with loved ones, organizing our home, balancing family budgets… you name it, we’ll talk about it. Stay tuned for the next post as we set our timers for 5 minutes each day to….

Improve Our Lives 5 Minutes At A Time

#1: Improve Family Relationships & Communication
 
If your family doesn’t eat at least one meal together every day WITHOUT the TV, then start with that.
But if your family is already eating together once every day (good for you!), start a new tradition today. Have each person go around the table telling their best and worst part of their day. I realize it sounds very “cheesy,” but its a great way to start communicating & getting a ‘snap shot’ of your loved one’s day.
 
There are only two rules:
  1. Every person must participate every day
  2. Any answer they give is OK, do NOT discriminate against their answers (even if you have a teenager who isn’t on board & says the worst part of their day is that very moment!)
You should go first & set the example of how this will go, so others know what’s expected of them.
 
Here’s the script:
The worst part of my day was ________.
  • The car wouldn’t start.
  • I was late for work.
  • The meat I planned to cook for dinner was freezer burnt.
  • My coworkers really frustrated me.
The best part of my day was ________.
  • Eating this meal with all of you. (Awwww!)
  • Getting to sleep in an extra 10 minutes.
  • Waking up on the right side of the bed.
  • Getting a compliment.
  • Talking to a dear friend on the phone.
Quality time with your spouse and children is the #1 way to improve your relationships. This tradition is a GREAT way to get you on the road to better communication, 5 minutes at a time! We’d love to hear how this goes. Leave a comment below on your successes and challenges so we can encourage one another. Good luck & see you back for the next post to Improve Your Life, 5 Minutes At A Time!

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