Healthy Relationships: 6 Tips to Create Harmony at Home

Posted by Imago Relationships North America on June 9, 2019 at 11:11 AM

6 minute read

Creating healthy relationships in your family

What does the word Home mean to you? Does home equate to nurture or love? Is home filled with healthy relationships? Or, is it simply a permanent place where one resides?

We want to think of the word home as a place where we feel safe and can lay our head down after a long day at work. Home is a cozy place where we can cuddle up with our loved ones on the couch, where we can laugh and play games, or be nurtured when we are sick. Home is a place where relationships grow stronger! This type of home sounds amazing, right?

But, creating happy relationships can sometimes be difficult in our home environments. What if we don’t have a home as defined above? How do we create a place that truly brings joy, heals, and nurtures us as well as our loved ones? Here are six tips on creating a home full of peace and harmony today.

Family Play Time - Imago Relationships North America

Spend Time Together at Home - Take a Digital and Emotional Break

Separation can kill relationships, especially if you are too busy to put your partner or family first. When you're at Home, take a digital and emotional break from anything that distracts you, and focus on simply being present and connecting with your partner and your kids.

Try the following activities to connect:

  • Play board games. You can even go old school with Monopoly and Twister.

  • Cook a meal together and talk. Just pick a food theme night—like Italian or Chinese.

  • Do a gardening project together outside. A few gardening project suggestions would be flowers, vegetables, or fruit.

  • Go on an old-fashioned picnic at the park. Each person selects two items to bring with them.

  • Do a puzzle together. Divide puzzle corners, center images, and compete.

  • Play a card game. A few card game suggestions would be Crazy 8’s, B.S., or Go Fish.

  • Play freeze dance to the music. Let the youngest family member control the start/stop of the music.

  • Watch old family movies together. You can even use a sheet and projector in your backyard if it’s nice enough out!

  • Plan your next adventure together. Vacation or a staycation, just plan and have fun!

If you have to travel for work, make time for your partner and your kids by getting creative when you’re away. Send them a daily text message sharing what you love about them and why you love a specific characteristic they embody. Set up a calendar request to FaceTime each other and connect while talking about their day. Be sure to stay present at that moment and only focus on them. Stay connected in any way you can to nurture and grow your most important relationships.

Family Outings - Imago Relationships North America

Monthly Family Outings and Couple Dates 

Make the time to sync up the family calendar and put these fun events on everyone’s calendar. That way, it’s more likely to happen without canceling or having other activities getting in the way.

Monthly family outings:

  • Take the kids out for roller skating.
  • Take the kids to a museum or art opening.

  • Take the kids to the beach or a lake.

  • Take the kids to the zoo.

  • See a play at the local theatre.

  • Go on a family hike.

Couple date days or nights:

  • Take a dance class together.

  • Take a walk together with the dogs.

  • Go for a drive on the coast or near the lake.

  • Meet up for a drink or a coffee.

  • Sign up and run a 5K together.

  • Go to a drive-in movie.

The possibilities are endless for both monthly family outings and weekly couple dates. The important thing is to get creative and let all family members have a say in what you do and when you do it. It’s supposed to be fun for everyone!

Family mission statement - Imago Relationships North America

Create a Family Mission Statement

Does your family have goals or feel a part of something bigger in life? This is an excellent opportunity to make sure they are connected to you and your larger family unit. A family mission statement can give members a sense of meaning and even identity. It can help children feel they are unique and connected to something greater.

Taking the time to focus on creating a family where people are connected and moving in the same direction can really change your home environment. There’s a reason why businesses operate by a mission, it can take you to places of growth you only imagined.

In Steven Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, the author speaks to the value of creating a family mission statement and a family culture very early on in your family’s existence. It doesn’t matter if things are good now. He shares that you can make them even better. “Without this vision,” Stephen Covey argues, “kids can be swept along with the flow of society’s values and trends. It’s simply living out the scripts that have been given to you. In fact, it’s really not living at all; it’s being lived.”

Here are five essential elements in a family mission statement:

  • Identify your family’s purpose or what you want to accomplish as a family.

  • List your family’s values and desired characteristics.

  • List action steps on how you’ll achieve your mission statement.

  • Display the mission statement for everyone to see daily.

  • Make family decisions and determine your priorities based on your family mission statement.

Start today and sit down with your kids to create a new vision of where your family wants to go and how you’ll get there.

Family Teamwork - Imago Relationships North America

Build Teamwork with Family Members

Teamwork is a necessary element for a truly harmonious home. If this area is ignored, you’ll sadly create an environment filled with tension and even competition.

Housework is a big area where teamwork is needed. What's strange is that it's so often an area people forget to discuss or believe it'll work itself out naturally. This is never the case, and after a few times of walking into the kitchen and seeing a sink full of dishes or laundry spilling out of the basket and on the floor—the tension will come to a boiling point, and conflict will begin.

So, avoid the mistake of not discussing chores and divide and conquer the areas listed below. You can have each family member own one or two chores or even create a rotating calendar to divide and conquer:

  • Take out the trash

  • Do the laundry

  • Mow the lawn

  • Grocery shop

  • Meal Plan

  • Pay the bills

  • Do the dishes

  • Clean the bathroom

  • Vacuum the house

  • Dust the house

  • Change the bedsheets

  • Mop the floors
The list can go on and on, but this is at least a start. Be mindful of who’s strong and who’s weak in certain areas or who likes and dislikes certain areas as well. Once you come to a mutual agreement on chore ownership, then the work can begin. The house will shift into teamwork mode, and then one or two people will no longer be carrying the most significant load, so conflict around chores will be eliminated.

Forgiveness - Imago Relationships North America

Practice Daily Forgiveness

Creating a home environment where feedback can be given and received can be a delicate balance. To maintain healthy communication at Home: ensure grudges aren't held between family members and work on consistent forgiveness to restore harmony into balance after conflict arises.

When conflict does arise during feedback given or received, using the Imago Dialogue tool for conflict resolution can be very beneficial. Dialoguing ensures you communicate in 3 main steps:

  • Mirroring

  • Validation

  • Empathy

Understanding and forgiveness are more commonly achieved for both the sender and receiver when using the dialogue tool. These three steps help slow down the conversation to hear each other fully and have understanding. 

Why is forgiveness so important?

  • Forgiveness is a gift to you, more than to the other person.

  • Forgiveness can impact your physical and emotional health.

Tools to help achieve forgiveness:

  • Take ownership for your part in a conflict and apologize.

  • Express how you feel one time only, and then let it go and move on.

  • Write down your feelings about the experience in a journal.

Be mindful that each person moves toward forgiveness in their own time. When you work toward and create a home full of forgiveness, a feeling of safety will develop so you can more easily communicate with one another. Trust will be built over time in the knowledge that all will be OK in the home, regardless of mistakes made. Respect and forgiveness will remain and grow if we are mindful about incorporating them into our homes.

If you struggle with forgiveness, you’ll find that it hurts you more in the long run. Lack of forgiveness can lead to bitterness, resentment, and even anger. Pretty soon, your home atmosphere will be miserable and filled with tension and conflict. Harmony and peace come when you allow for each other's faults and more easily forgive anyone who upsets you.

The Little Things Matter - Imago Relationships North America

Focus on the Little Things too

Merely going through the day in your Home, focusing on kindness and thoughtfulness can shift everyone's environment. You might even want to think about regularly expressing your kindness through moments of appreciation—like the Imago term "positive flooding." In Imago, positive flooding is used to share what we specifically adore about our loved ones in great detail and said with lots of praise.

Actively working on creating a home environment where encouragement is regularly expressed, and negativity is removed benefits everyone. Another way to look at it is the glass half full vs. glass half empty concept. Focus on what is positive!

There are homes where these principles are consistently practiced, but there are significant differences in peace, joy, and harmony in the homes where these principles are missing.

Not all of these behaviors will come naturally for everyone, so you'll need to be intentional about being kind, thoughtful, spreading positivity to create the home environment you truly want.

Enjoy the journey as you strengthen or create a harmonious home full of peace, love, nurture, and joy for your family and generations come.

If you need a little help creating harmony in your home, we're here to help. Check out our Imago Relationship workshops and therapyWe also have Online Couples Therapy and Online Couples Workshops right now!  

Discover more about Imago with our Imago Professional MembershipImago Professional Facilitators, Imago Professional Training and Imago Educational Webinars


Connect. Transform. Thrive.

Topics: Family Mission Statement, Family Culture, Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Happy Relationships, Online Couples Workshop, therapy, family therapy

About the blog

The Imago Relationships Blog features content from our team of professional therapists, workshop presenters and facilitators who are passionate about helping you discover a new way to communicate and love your life.

Subscribe to Imago Relationship Blog

Explore by most recent:

Learn more about...

See all