Modern families face greater challenges and difficulties to stay close together than families of years ago. Family time can build resilient family members, healthy relationships and strong family values. Families that play together, talk together, eat together and work together can build a strong family relationship and go through the storms that you will all face in your life.
Here are some tips to keep your family strong:
BE PRESENT. It is easy for us to be with our partner and kids, but it is much more easier to be distracted by all the apps available on our cellphones. We all have tablets, laptops and other digital devices in our homes that make us be around our family without being present. The best thing you could make is to limit the time your kids spend on their smartphones, computers or/and join them while playing and have fun together.
SHARE MEALS TOGETHER. This is a healthy habit, and one of the simplest way to keep your family strong. If you are all very busy, then try to gather your family at least on Sunday or every Wednesday night for pizza. For positive results, make this a regular thing in your home.
SHOW AFFECTION FOR YOUR LOVED ONES. Don’t be shy or afraid to show affection towards one another. Whether it is a warm hug or kiss each night before going to bed, or just saying “I love you” without any reason, providing your children with affection and warmth helps them stand strong in any situation.
TALK ABOUT FEARS. When someone helps you get through difficult moments, you often create a special, yet very strong bond with that person. As a good parent, you need to be prepared to help your little one face any problem, issue or difficulty. Not their teacher, not their friend, not their youth pastor. No one more than you will want the best for them and you are the one that will understand them the best. So, be open with your kids. Broke down the walls and talk with them with your own fears.
COUPLES MUST MAKE THEIR RELATIONSHIP A PRIORITY. Parents all over the globe put their kids’ needs on the first place and often forget to nurture their relationship. This is the biggest mistake a couple could make. What kids see at home is what they will try in their lives. So, set an example for your little ones and show them that you love your partner and that you are so happy of having such a beautiful family.
BUILD ON COMMUNICATION AND USE THE RIGHT DISCIPLINE. When your kids are ready to talk, then sit down and talk to them. Avoid distractions, because they feel when you are not focused. Look beyond their words and see what emotions are involved. Encourage them to communicate their joys, sorrows, challenges, expectations and feelings. If you want to build strong relationship aim for balanced discipline. Avoid using threats to gain control, avoid negative comments and deal with bad behavior straightaway.