This past week, we took a family vacation to a lake in Northern Minnesota. It was one of the best vacations we have had as a family in quite a while. Maybe because there wasn't wifi or cell service, or even a tv. It was a great time to relax, reset, and reconnect as a family.

Being involved in your child's day to day life is extremely important. It not only allows you to keep your bond as parent/child, it also alerts you to any changes in your child's mood or behavior, which can be signs of stresses, sickness, or mental health issues. So how do we stay connected and keep that relationship strong when we have so little time?

The more open and connected the dialogue, the healthier a relationship tends to be. Take responsibility. You are in control of the way you communicate with your partner. Make a conscious effort to bring as many of the above intentions into your communications, and you’re bound to see and feel some very positive changes in your relationship.