Adopting a Family-First Philosophy
When family members take time to be together whether it is part of a daily routine, planned activities, or just hanging out, they feel valued and connected. Sometimes, particularly in busy households, PSP families need to recalibrate and think about what is important. Focusing on family values and adopting a family-first philosophy can help families stay on track.
How do you let your family know that they are a top priority?
Things to consider…
- Having a family conversation about the nature of the PSP family member’s work, why the job sometimes takes precedence over family time, and the various feelings that might result.
- Making sure family members who are not able to attend activities are not left out (e.g., videotaping a school play so the family can replay it later).
- Leaving notes or texts to let each other know you are thinking about each other when you can’t be together.
- Telling family members that they are the most important people in your life (sometimes we neglect to say the words that express how we feel).
References for this page (click to expand)
Carrington, J. L. (2006). Elements of and strategies for maintaining a police marriage: The lived perspectives of Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and their spouses. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.itemid=NR18860&op=pdf&app=Library&is_thesis=1&oclc_number=289058279
Witman, J. P., & Munson, W. W. (1992). Leisure Awareness & Action: A Program to Enhance Family Effectiveness. Journal of physical education, recreation & dance,63(8), 41-43. https://doi.org/10.1080/07303084.1992.10609949
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