Praise Each Other's Efforts
Get in the habit of giving kudos for little things, from a round of applause for a properly-loaded dishwasher to a pat on the back for folding the laundry. Take time to notice the things your family does right, and make sure they know you noticed. For instance, my husband and I are sickeningly polite when it comes to our domestic tasks. "Great job making the bed, honey," I'll say on chore day, and he'll reply, "Way to vacuum that floor, sweetie!" Goofy as it sounds, it gives us both a warm, appreciated feeling and banishes lingering resentments. When tough times come around, that habit of support and positive reinforcement helps see us through. We've created a safe, loving bubble where we stand united, us against the world.