With so many parents working full time jobs outside of the home and kids' busy schedules, it's easy to forget to set aside "family time." But our families are just like anything else in life. You have to work to make them stronger. In this post, I'd like to discuss some pointers for parents who want to make their family stronger.
1. Caring and Appreciation. Take time to share positive aspects of each other. Even if a family member makes many mistakes, take the time to appreciate the positive things every member of your family does and celebrate their achievements. A simple way to express your caring and appreciation is through love notes. Tuck short notes into your children's lunch boxes or under their pillows. Also, spending quality time with your child is important to show just how much you care about him or her. Eat meals together, watch a movie, take a walk together. Another way to show appreciation for your family is to use and practice good manners. Treat everyone in the household with respect and always compliment good behavior. Thank family members for their efforts. A final fun thing to do to show appreciation to your family is to make gift certificates and follow through with them. Make gift certificates that allow your child to skip out on a chore or pick the family movie are simple things your child will enjoy.
2. Practice family traditions. A family tradition gives children a sense of belonging and security. They give children feelings of warmth and closeness to their families. Traditions can be any event that you do regularly and may be as simple as a bedtime story or biscuits and gravy for Saturday morning breakfast.
In my next post, I'll discuss more strategies parents can use to build a stronger family.