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How a Tribute to Veterans Can Emphasize the Value of Family

Veteran's Day gives us all an opportunity to pay tribute to people who, over the years, have endured hardship and made sacrifices to protect our freedoms. Some people attend services or parades, others remember more quietly. How do you express your feelings of patriotism?

This process of appreciation has many parallels to our own relationships at home. As you remember the veterans of all wars, reflect on the following ideals as they apply to your own family:

1. Identify, for yourself, the significant components of what gives life meaning and what constitutes personal well being, within the context of family.

2. Value each family member's individuality, uniqueness and independence. Let them know how much you respect these qualities.

3. In moments of frustration, recognize that they are ordinary people who have been put in extraordinary circumstances.

4. Try to understand why they feel the way they do and why they do the things they do by putting yourself in their shoes.

5. Acknowledge the depth and richness of your family life and relish the complexity of it all.

6. Feel the embrace, the protection and the support of the family unit as a whole. Express your gratitude for all that it provides for you.

How can you create positive thoughts about your family relationships on a daily basis? Find the special ways to honor them as you work to increase the bonds of family unity.

© Her Mentor Center, 2006

About The Author

Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. & Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. are founders of http://www.HerMentorCenter.com, a website for midlife women and http://www.NourishingRelationships.Blogspot.com , a Blog for the Sandwich Generation. They are authors of a forthcoming book about Boomer women and family relationships and publish a free Newsletter, Stepping Stones, through the website. As psychotherapists, they have a combined 40 years of private practice experience.

Date Posted: May 16, 2007

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