Family LifeSkills is a program to strengthen and enrich how family members interact with one another. The purpose of the program is to make each member of the family as psychologically strong as possible in addition to strengthening the entire family as a whole.
In many families, relationships among members may become strained due to feelings of hurt, anger, mistrust, and/or confusion. Due to the many interactions we may have with other members of our family, such negative feelings or strain on familial relationships actually occur naturally and are completely normal.
However, in order to develop happier, more stable relationships with one another, family members must be willing to change the way they approach different situations and interact with the world around them. The most successful families are often those built upon mutual caring, understanding, and support.
Such relationships can become sources of life-long strength for individual family members. It is never too late to begin the process of improving your family’s relationships by developing some simple life skills. This process can even be used to improve familial relationships that you believe are already healthy and successful.
Once you develop these simple skills, you can easily apply them to any future personal or professional relationships you may pursue in the future. The following is a list of some ways you can make the most of the Family LifeSkills program:
- Pass each tip sheet or newsletter around to each family member. Then, post the sheets in a visible location.
- Alternatively, you can also leave them lying around the house.
- These tip sheets can be found below under the section, “Developing Your LifeSkills”.
- Ask yourself and your family members, "Would it be helpful or fun to try some of these out?"
- It's not enough to "know" the concepts; they need to be practiced!
- Think to yourself about the issues covered.
- "How do they apply to my family situation or my life?"
- Arrange times to discuss the ideas covered with friends and family members.
- Think and/or talk about broader questions in your life with your family members.
- "What do I want and need from family and other close relationships?"
- "What specific things can I do to give others what they need?"
- Try "putting yourself in the shoes" of other family members.
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- Being an Anger Tamer
- Beyond the Blame Barrier
- The Power of Showing You Care
- Six Tricks of Communicating
- Taking Care of Business
- Taking Care of Yourself
- Being a Skilled Negotiator
- Family Problem Solving
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Reviewed By: Adolescent Interest Group
Last Reviewed: August 2013