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Cultivate Healthy Family Relationships

Release Date: December 28, 2021

A healthy family relationship can have a positive impact on your health and well-being. It can be a source of comfort, guidance, and strength to draw on in times of stress. Developing and nurturing your family can also give you the lift you need to endure life’s challenges and meet your goals with confidence and courage.

Building and maintaining healthy family relationships takes time and effort. With the daily pressures of work, children, and chores, it can be easy to neglect your relationships and take your loved ones for granted. Here are some suggestions to help cultivate healthy family relationships and ensure there is natural growth and bonding within your family.

  • Work on good communication skills. Focus on listening and understanding what your family member is trying to say. Carve out time to work on communication skills by putting away phones and other devices at the dinner table so you can interact with one another.
  • Try new things together. Play a new board game. Discover a new craft. Or try different foods. Choose a night each week for movies and games. Let your children help make decisions about new things to try.
  • Establish traditions, values, and goals together. If you have already developed some family traditions, do your best to continue what you started. Sit down to discuss and reinforce values, invent new traditions and plan how you’ll accomplish goals together.
  • Keep moving. Exercise can help reduce stress. Have a family dance party or set family exercise goals. For example, you could take weekly walks together or see how many pushups or jumping jacks you can each do.
  • Laugh together. Find things to do that will make you laugh. Choose a funny movie to watch together, read a favorite book, or tell each other jokes.
  • Connect with distant friends and family. Make time to connect with long distance friends and family by phone, email, or video calls. Staying in touch with people outside of your home will help them feel less isolated.

Your Employee Assistance Program is Here to Help

If you are experiencing challenges in your family relationship, your Component Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help you locate a counselor, mediation services, or other relationship resources. EAP can also offer assistance and counseling to your family members, including children. EAP assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, contact your Component EAP, or send an email to worklife@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 12/29/2021
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