At Deb Beran Properties, we’re saying goodbye to resolutions as they’re commonly known and hello to a year-long resolve to make this entire year YOUR year – for a stronger family. Even if you think your family is doing well, it never hurts to identify areas of improvement, after all, your family should be an even higher priority than the typical health an wellness goals set this time of year. To get you started, Deb Beran Properties, would like to pass along some helpful tips on forming closer relationships and more trust within your family this year. Here is our advice for Smith Mountain Lake families of all sizes and ages.
Time Without Technology
This may seem like an obvious tip, especially in a technology-laden world, but every family needs to put down the digital devices now and then for some uninterrupted interaction. Whether your children are young or you have adult children and grandchildren visiting you at Smith Mountain Lake for an annual week-long trip, you can encourage a stronger family dynamic by designating specific times where technology won’t get in the way of togetherness. Talk with your kids about making certain times of the day technology-free, whether it’s during meals, a few hours of the morning or anytime you hit the dock for some fun in the sun. Setting specific boundaries ahead of time will do wonders for curbing the constant screen time so common in our culture.
Capture and Remember
Remembering special family moments together is one of the best ways to become a stronger family. Get out the camera and snap away, but make sure you follow up later and go back through the memories together. Smith Mountain Lake provides numerous ways to have fun as well as a perfect photo setting nearly anywhere you go, so there’s no reason not to make this part of your regular routine.
A Place for Space
No matter how much some families love being together, everyone needs a place for personal, quiet time. Your gatherings will be that much better when each family member has a place to retreat to between activity, especially if the activity takes a lot of energy, like touring the area, shopping or spending the day on Smith Mountain Lake. Making sure everyone has a quiet spot in the house to escape to now and then is vital to building a stronger family in 2016.