Here at the Family Treasures Head Quarters we are infinitely aware of those whose families are incomplete, those who have difficult family relationships and those who don’t have family at all.
We want you to know that you are as important as any other family member that comes to this site. We all part of a family and sometimes that family includes friends and adopted family.
Family is hard work, anyone who tells you differently is probably lying. Nothing that is truly worth it is ever easy but there are glorious blessings that come from working on family relationships.
Really, it comes down to a lot of loving, a lot of forgiving and a lot of respect. We don’t have to agree on everything, that was never part of the plan. We can be different and that is okay! If we choose to do things differently, that is okay! That does not mean that we love each other any less.
We all have hurts and scars from the battleground of life and therefore we may be a little sensitive to some things more than others. One of my personal scars is respect. If you don’t respect me (you don’t have to agree with me, just respect my thoughts, decisions and my right to choose differently), I tend to trust you less.
What are some of your personal scars? Understanding your personal hurts will make you more aware and help heal and grow family relationships.
One of my goals this year was to be more emotionally honest, partly because I know that is what my family deserves and that is how I want my children to be one day. I think it is so important that we are emotionally honest with family members and with ourselves – this is one of the important keys for true, lasting family happiness.
What works for your family? Tell us in the comments below?