The family is the most basic structure in a human being’s life. When we are young, we learn how to live and adapt to the scary world through interactions with our family members. Research also reveals that children who grow up in an ideal family set-up develop excellent social skills and boast a high-self esteem that helps them weather the storms in life. However, building familial bonds is not automatic. It takes effort, dedication, and hard work to live in harmony. Here are some effective ways to build family relationships and strengthen bonds.
Be available and supportive
Everyone goes through rough patches in life. One of you could be unwell or bullied at school. One of the best ways to build strong bonds in the family is to be there for one another through thick and thin. It wouldn’t be a great idea to belittle anyone’s problems or think yours are more important and need more attention. On the other hand, when one family member has a reason to celebrate, it would be a great idea to celebrate with them and share in their joy.
Have meals together
It is not uncommon for teens to have meals in their rooms while their parents sit in silence at the table. You could remedy that by requesting everyone to come to the table at least two nights a week and share dinner as a family. We urge you to ban phones, tablets, and other electronic gadgets from being used at dinner so everyone can enjoy the meal and engage with other family members. You could use this time to ask everyone how their day went and get interesting updates about school or work.
In addition to the occasional prayers before a meal, you could set aside a few minutes before meals to have a devotion where you share the Word of God. Every family member could have their day when they present Bible verses that resonated with them and perhaps a short sermon. You could also send a prayer request together as a family and present them before God as a family.
Help each other do house chores
When one person is left to do all the house chores alone, they tend to feel overwhelmed. With time, they might begin to resent other family members. A great idea would be to involve the whole family in house chores like gardening, dishes, cooking, and laundry. You could create a duty roster and keep everyone accountable for their chores.
Hold family meetings
Lastly, it would help to hold family meetings where everyone can air their grievances or concerns. Perhaps one of you is holding a grudge against the other for something they did. Well, family meetings are also a great avenue to clear the air and discuss future plans, like an upcoming vacation or relocation to a new place.
Parents and caregivers are important in bringing the family together and setting a good example for the young ones. A firm foundation at home is essential to fruitful relationships in future and a fulfilling life overflowing with peace, joy, and happiness.
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