Repair Relationships: Family Relationship Challenge #4
Every family goes through its ups and downs. In fact, being somewhat dysfunctional is actually pretty normal. So if you're feeling the urge to patch things up, I say: Go for it.
Challenge #3: Reconnect and repair relationships
Maybe it's with someone in your extended family (ahem, mother-in-law?) or someone you've lost touch with. Either way, you want to reconnect. Here's how to mend and repair the relationship: 1) Identify WHOM you want to reconnect with. Whom should you choose? Choose someone:
- Whom you had a disagreement with and you haven't spoken to in a while
- Whom you feel you should have a closer relationship with
- Whom you were close to but have lost touch with
- Call, email, text, video chat or even reach out to them on Facebook (private messages only! Don't post on their wall!). If you and that person are on good terms and you just want to pop back up in their life, this should be relatively simple.
- If the relationship is strained, then how you contact them needs to be more conservative. Calling that person gives you a better chance to fully express yourself and to gauge their reaction. Email can be harder because you can't control how your written words are perceived or how that person will react.
Hug it out!
My questions to you: What's the longest you've been estranged from a certain family member? Did you work out it?