Good family relationships don’t just happen; for strong family ties to develop, the member must be there for each other; during the unexpected moments of chaos and the hiccups of daily life. In short, it takes certain elements to build a firm family foundation that can stand against time.
Here are 4 elements that can help develop Strong Family Relationships.
Respect is the backbone of every healthy relationship. Every member of the family needs to know that respect is earned and not just given on a silver platter. In all healthy relationships; everyone is expected to give respect to get it back. Everyone deserves respect irrespective of their age, social class or gender. Interestingly; self-respect should be every member’s first priority. It is not possible to respect others; without self-respect. Families with mutual respect for each other have no problems making decisions and compromises together. This happens because they have the freedom of being honest with each other and boundaries are respected. In such families, double standards are deemed as disrespectful. Where there’s respect, there will be minimum negative talks; thus; creating a friendly and upbeat atmosphere for building strong family relationships.
Believing in your family members so they can believe in themselves brings forth constant encouragement which will benefit your children. Every family member should take the responsibility of encouraging each other during tough times. Make each other feel loved through constant support. Sometimes; we all need some encouragement to keep us going during our most testing times. Also, family members should continuously encourage each other to keep going forward whenever there are tremendous individual achievements. It makes them feel good about their milestones leading to strong family ties.
Good communication and Communicated love
Having the freedom to express your opinions makes a relationship feel good. Healthy family relationships flourish where there’s a flawless line of communication, where every family member feels respected and heard. Everyone should work on strengthening their listening skills to avoid miscommunication or any form of verbal and emotional abuse that can lead to unhealthy relationships. On the other hand; the love you have for your family needs to be clear and regularly communicated. This increases a sense of security to your children and strengthens any marriage. Remember, your attitude also expresses your love.
Quality time is another key to building a healthy and happy relationship. Being playful, particularly with young children have never had a limit. Kids sometimes find doing household tasks such as doing the dishes, vacuuming, car cleaning and folding laundry fun since they aren’t yet aware it’s mundane. So if you lessen your focus on how long and efficient the task gets done, you will emulate your kids’ enthusiasm. Showing kids that sharing responsibility is fun sets them up for a lifetime of creative productivity and social competence.
Most importantly, quality time with your family is not about quantity. Invest in the relationship by creating time for each other! Even if you’re always busy. In addition to individual time, schedule family fun each week and enjoy each other’s company to build memories that will comfort you for years.
Time and effort invested in your personal relationships will surely pay dividends for years to come. The gratitude you experience from healthy family relationships will allow you to blossom in all areas of your life and you will get more productive, and less stressed.