• Hillaree

Ohana Means Family

I really hope you read this weeks title in your best Stitch voice, you know Stitch right? From Lilo & Stitch. No? Alright then. 🙃 Ohana means family and that means no one gets left behind! This week I'm talking about family and some ways you can strengthen the relationships within your family dynamic. Of course, no family is perfect but I truly believe if everyone wants to make it work, cohesiveness can be brought to the fam bam. Maybe you're not as close with your cousins, or maybe you don't have a relationship with your grandparents, or maybe you seriously do not like your sister. These relationships require time and effort, and I'm not saying these tips will make you a happy family overnight, but I do think they can be a great start to strengthening the ties in your household.

  1. Say Something Nice: Never underestimate the power of a compliment. Just keep in mind how you feel when someone says something nice to you. Try to make it a habit to say nice things to each member of your family daily, or whenever you interact with them. Say thank you when they do things for you! Everyone loves to feel appreciated, especially your mom, so tell her how much it meant to you when she made you your lunch for work. Doing so can create a more positive and loving environment.

  2. Have a Game Night: Having fun together and creating memories is a great way to strengthen the bonds with one another. Games are great because it allows you to work collaboratively with the same common goal...to crush the other team! Games not your thing? Try a new activity like snow tubing, painting, or cooking together.

  3. Show up for one Another: It's important to show up for the people closest to you whenever possible. This is a clear way to show your family that you are there for them and they can count on you. Be there for the good times and the bad times! Be willing to share experiences with your family, and I'm not saying share every single detail with them, like what you did when you were drunk last Saturday, but both the important stuff and the little stuff. Let them be there for you too. Also, I just have to add, showing up for someone means being genuinely happy for them and not having feelings of jealousy or resentment. If you're feeling that way, it's time to do some self reflection to see what the root of the problem actually is.

  4. Take Pictures...Together: Pictures are such a great way to look back at all the good times you guys have had as a family. It's so nice to randomly send a photo in the group chat from two years ago, and go down memory lane. #throwbackthursday Pictures are also great to have if you ever feel lonely or ever start to feel disconnected from your family.

At the end of the day, don't forget, if you have a family you are extremely fortunate. Cherish the family you have and if possible nurture those bonds when you can. Here's to REAL happy families.


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