Creating happy memories as a family can be rich reserve of good will to draw on during stressful times. These don’t have to mean peak experiences – they can be simple moments, family traditions and activities you enjoy together.

Creating happy memories can mean doing something alone with your teen, going to a concert or out to lunch. It may mean taking a walk together, sharing vulnerable feelings or stories, learning a sport together, singing together, or just playing together. Happy memories can come from family picnics, holiday or everyday rituals. Happy memories can give a teen strength during difficult times since he knows in his heart that he’s safe and loved within his family.

There will come a time when memories will be all your son or daughter has of your days together. Try to make the most of these memories, memories of joy and of love.