There is nothing more important than family. No matter what career choice you made, you are expected to do more than one person can do. Companies are forced to do more with less, and that equals adding more work to their associates instead of hiring enough people to do the job. Beginning in primary school, children are pushed academically. They must bring home tons of homework because it is not possible to finish the work in a normal school day. Even on your wedding day while you are walking down the aisle in stunning dress, you have to take care of too many tasks that will happen soon after the ceremony (not to mention those that already happened before!) It doesn’t stop there, We are people, and people need a social network. We need friends that we can unwind with and do fun things. Children need this as well. Putting your child in sports, dance, karate, or soccer teaches them how to listen to instructions. It teaches them the importance of teamwork and respecting themselves and others. Photo credit Kaitlyn Horton
Why we need a strong family unitWe can agree that the world pulls us in a hundred directions and the one commodity we never have enough of is time. Unfortunately, in order to handle our career and our social life, we push the family away. We think it is all good. We are all doing what we must and using our free time to do what we like. This is like having a tree that is never watered. Sooner or later, the tree will run out of resources and wither.
Building a healthy familyWe know you have heard this a million times, but you must have honest communication between all members of the family. It is important to address each member of the family and respect their situations. Parents need to listen to their children and even if you think it’s silly, assist them. A child that is being bullied, does not understand his math, or wants to try out for the swim team but is afraid, needs guidance. You may think these things are childish. Of course, they are. They are children. Here are a few communication tips to help you get started.
- Make it a rule to share one meal a day at the kitchen table.
- During that one meal, all cell phones are put on silent, the television is turned off, and there is no reading.
- Make eye contact when your child is talking