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