We all want to belong to and create a warm and loving family. Good family relationships are very important for many reasons, including making it easier for your family to solve problems and resolve conflict, overcome difficulties your children may face, helping your children develop good manners and values, and giving your children the skills they need to build healthy relationships of their own. As a parent, you are doing the best you can for your kids while juggling work, friends, household management and other daily tasks. Here are some tips for building good family relationships that even the busiest of parents can manage:
- This involves making time to listen to each other without judgement and being open to everyone expressing their own thoughts and feelings, including your own.
- Stop and listen when your child or partner wants to talk to you and give them your full attention.
- Be open to talking about difficult things and admitting mistakes.
- Encourage your children and partner with praise and show love, appreciation and encouragement through words of affection.
- Quality family time can happen anywhere and with busy lifestyles it is important to make the most of time together.
- Use everyday time together, such as family meals or trips to school, to talk and share a laugh together.
- Have one-one-one chats with each family member and set time aside that is just for you and your partner if you have one.
- Make decisions together and do regular, fun things together as a family, such as a family soccer game or a family movie night each week.
Appreciation for Each Other
- Valuing and appreciating each other is at the heart of good family relationships so be sure to take an interest in each other’s lives and make time to share in each other’s sporting events, art shows or anything that another person is interested in.
- Include everyone in conversation when you are talking about the day’s events and share highlights or ask questions.
- Share family stories and memories as these help children appreciate things that might not be obvious or that they have forgotten.
- Acknowledge each other’s talents, abilities and differences and use each other’s strengths.
Teamwork is also an important part of being a family as you are ultimately a team too. Find what works for you and use it to continuously build and maintain good family relationships that will last a lifetime and that you can pass on to your children so that they can continue with healthy relationships as they grow. Create a chain reaction.