Good family relationships help your children feel secure and loved. They help you feel good too. You can build good relationships in your family with quality time, communication, teamwork and appreciation. Why family relationships are important Good family relationships are enjoyable for their own sake – it just feels good to be part of a warm and loving family. But good family relationships are important for lots of other reasons too. They:
This is why it’s always worth looking at the relationships you share with your children and other family members, and thinking about how you can improve them. As a parent, you’re doing the best you can for your children, probably while you’re juggling work, friends, household management and more. But even for the busiest of parents, there are plenty of easy things you can do to develop good family relationships. Good family relationships are an important part of strong families. Strong families grow from love, security, communication, connection – and a few rules and routines too. Quality time and family relationships Quality family time can happen anywhere. It’s about making the most of the time you spend together. Here are some ways you can make quality time happen in your family:
Positive communication and family relationships Positive communication is about making the time to listen to each other, listening without judgment, and being open to expressing your own thoughts and feelings. When you have positive communication in your family, it helps everybody feel understood, respected and valued, and this strengthens your relationships. Try these positive communication ideas to strengthen your family relationships:
Positive non-verbal communication Not all communication happens in words, so it’s important to pay attention to the feelings that your children and spouse express non-verbally. For example, your teenage child might not want to talk to you but might still come looking for the comfort of cuddles sometimes! It’s also important to be aware of the non-verbal messages you send. For example, hugs, kisses and eye contact send the message that you want to be close to your child. But a grumpy tone of voice or a frown when you’re doing something together might send the message that you don’t want to be there. Teamwork and family relationships When your family is working as a team, everyone feels supported and able to contribute. It’s easier to work as a team when everyone understands where they stand, so it helps to have clear expectations, limits and boundaries. You can encourage teamwork in some of these ways:
Appreciation for each other and family relationships Valuing each other is at the heart of good family relationships. Here are some ways you might be able to do this:
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