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.Positive relationships for families: why they're important
Strong and positive family relationships are enjoyable for their own sake – it just feels good to be part of a warm and loving family.
But positive family relationships are important for many other reasons too. They:
This is why it's worth maintaining and improving the relationships you share with your children and other family members.
There are plenty of simple things you can do to develop positive family relationships.
Positive 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 is about making the most of the time you spend together as a family. Here are ways you can make quality time happen in your family:
Positive communication and family relationships
Positive communication is about listening without judgment and expressing your thoughts and feelings openly and respectfully. 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 partner 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.
Positive communication can be about respecting someone's desire not to talk. For example, as children move towards the teenage years, they often want more privacy. But you can stay connected with your teenage child, both through everyday activities and planned time together.
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 these ways:
Appreciation for each other and family relationships
Valuing each other is at the heart of good family relationships. Here are ways you might be able to do this:
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