4 Keys to Building a Happy Family
4. Happy families...breathe.
Families do better when they have plenty of laid-back time together. Whether
you're going for a walk, playing Rock Band, making cookies, or just hanging
out, the best way to build happy family connections is simply to enjoy one
another spontaneously. "You can spend your life defining your goals, setting
your values, and putting all the right things into place," Haltzman says, "but
you also have to take a step back and live a little."
Haltzman suggests setting aside time for unstructured fun. "I plan ahead for
family time; otherwise it's too easy to get caught up in everything else," says
Kat Henderson, 38, from Wilmington, NC. "It's not about what we do but
just that we're together." That's why her schedule leaves plenty of room for
lazy days at home. "And every evening after dinner, we go for a walk or play
outside," Henderson says. "The dishes get done later."
Originally published on June 15, 2009
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