My family is boring & always stressed, do we need to get away for a while to make our relationship stronger?

2015-10-03 05:34
For the past 5 years since my mom died, there just hasent been excitement or much happiness anymore. I'm 15 yr old girl & live with my dad, older brother & little sister & we're all pretty close with eachother. My dad works alot but he provides for us & spends time with us, I'm close with my brother & we all spend time together & fun. But at the same time there's like a constant cloud of sadness & stress in our house. I know we all miss our mother so much that if someone brings her up someone else wants to change the subject. Maybe we should take a trip somewhere. I can't remember the last time we went somewhere as a family except to a restaurant. Just to get away from here, go someplace different for a change. IS that a good idea, take a vacation rather than going to counselors & therapists all the time?
You don't need to necessarily get away, just try to find a way that you can all get together. Family things don't always work out, but getting together as a family can be a good way to bond
there's an old saying "no matter where you go, there you are." Going "away" isn't going to help get you through the rough patches if the line of communication and general respect for each other isn't there. Try a "talk box", everybody puts one gripe and one compliment on a piece of paper and puts it in a box. Then you take five minutes at dinner or bedtime and talk about them.
Tell them how you feel in those situations. Try and do something that you all like to bring you together. Watch a funny movie, go laser-tagging, or take your stress out and take some kind of sport together. Probably go biking on weekends to a bowling alley or a pizza parlor. Hope I helped.

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