If you feel some tension in your relationships, you are not alone. So do your part at home to protect loved
ones’ feelings and emotions.
Keys to Successful Communication
• Rotate chores and praise each person for doing a slam dunk job.
• LOL — Listen out loud to each other and avoid making comments.
• Use connecting conversations to soothe feelings by cutting out criticism, pushy words and rolling your eyes.
• Remember, your kūpuna may be confused, so speak slowly, smile and give hand massages.
• Introduce fun games and interactions. Kūpuna can become feisty competitors during bean bag toss and balloon volleyball.
Pivot Negativity to Positivity
– I can’t pay my bills. (resignation)
+ I’ll apply for assistance. (hopeful)
– I’m trapped at home! (anger)
+ So I have more time for fun! (fun)
– I can’t go out and eat. (helpless)
+ Let’s order takeout! (a good solution)
– Why now? Why me? (victim)
+ I’m grateful I’m in good health. (appreciation)
What seem like bitter trials are sometimes blessings in disguise. Practicing an attitude of gratitude can make all the difference.