What are Strong Families, and how do They Function
By Urvashi Arya
What are strong families, and why are they important?
Strong families have a few characteristics in common:
Warmth, care, positive attention; effective communication; a stable family environment; and ties to others outside the family.
Strong families provide a safe, secure environment for children to be themselves and discover who they are. Children in strong families dare to explore their surroundings, try new things, and learn because they feel safe and loved. They can also cope better with failures and obstacles because they know they have familial support.
Strong families provide warmth, caring, and positive attention.
Building solid family bonds begins with being warm, loving, and compassionate with your child.
Positive attention is also necessary for the development of healthy family bonds. This is how you show that you care about your kids and what they're doing. Positive attention strengthens bonds between parents and children and demonstrates that you are accessible when they need you.
Warmth, compassion, and positive attention suggestions
Here are some ideas for instilling warmth, compassion, and positive undivided attention within your family circle:
Inform your children how much you love them and how pleased you are with them whenever possible.
When you speak to your children, smile and look them in.
When you have the opportunity, show physical affection.
When your family members perform well or do something nice for others, look for opportunities to praise and support them. Make time for unique one-on-one time doing activities that you all enjoy. Why not make this a regular part of your family's schedule?
Children from loving, caring families get along better with their peers and teachers and are less likely to have conflicts with others. Children who receive a lot of attention and affection feel special, which can help them cope with life's ups and downs.
Strong families have good communication.
Strong families communicate effectively about both positive and adverse events. This allows them to rejoice together in good times and discuss difficulties in bad times. This assures them of a safe and secure environment for children to express unpleasant emotions such as embarrassment, perplexity, or humiliation. It also deepens family members' bonds with one another.
Here are some suggestions for improving family communication:
Encourage family members to converse and listen to one another so that everyone may express their feelings.
Have family dinners at the table without the television on as often as possible. This is an opportunity for you to share what's going on in your lives.
Assist youngsters with learning a language that conveys their ideas and feelings so that they can ask for what they require or desire.
Listen carefully and respond sensitively to various situations — not only pleasantries or good news, but also anger, humiliation, sadness, or terror. You are not required to constantly fix the problem or provide advice.
When there's an issue, learn how to negotiate and compromise so that everyone receives a piece of what they desire.
Pay attention to your nonverbal signals. You may build your relationships by using pleasant nonverbal communication such as smiles, eye contact, and physical love.
Environments that are predictable in strong households
Children can feel safe, secure, and cared for in a predictable, organized household environment. Children know what they will get each day in this setting and what is expected.
Predictability in your family life is very beneficial when your children face problems, developmental changes, or uncertainty. If your child is beginning a new school, your family's nightly ritual at home may be quite soothing.
Here are some ideas for making your family feel safe and predictable:
Create a family routine, so everyone knows what to anticipate - who does what, when, how often, and in what order. A family schedule might also assist you in scheduling time for fun family activities.
Strong families and strong connections:
Children need to feel linked to other people who care about them. Your extended family, friends, neighborhood, and community are valuable relationships.
Connections aid in the development of a strong sense of self in youngsters. It helps them feel more connected to their family, grandkids or cousins, and community.
Other significant adults might be a source of support for the family during difficult times – such as when a family member dies – or a source of joy when birthdays are celebrated.
Volunteering or participating in regular community activities might help your children develop a sense of self. Volunteering with a local conservation group is one example.
Advice on how to connect your family to others
Here are some ideas for bringing your family closer together:
Encourage your kids to spend time with their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Talk to them over a call, write letters or emails, or make video conversations if they live far away.
Participate in a local community organization or sports club. This allows your children to meet new people and witness how community members work together.
Invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, or other family members to your child's critical school or sporting activities, such as an awards ceremony or a performance.
Taking care of yourself
When you're focused on taking care of your family, it's easy to forget about yourself or run out of time. However, taking care of yourself will provide you with more physical and mental vitality to develop a great family.
You can take good and required care of yourself by getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating a good diet, and setting out time for yourself and your partner, if you have one.