Good family relationships are an important part of strong families. Strong families grow from love, security, communication, connection â€“ and a few rules and routines too.
Why family relationships are important-
Good family relationships are enjoyable for their own sake â€“ it just feels good to be part of a warm and loving family.
But good family relationships are important for lots of other reasons too. They:
make children feel secure and loved, which helps their brains develop
can help to overcome difficulties with childrenâ€™s eating, sleeping, learning and behaviour
make it easier for your family to solve problems and resolve conflict
Here are someÂ ways you can make quality time happenÂ in your family:
- Use everyday time together to talk and share a laugh. For example, family meals and car travel can be great times to catch up on the day.
- Have one-on-one chats with each family member to strengthen individual relationships. It can just be five minutes or more.
- Set aside time with your partner, if you have one. It can be a good idea to explain to your children that itâ€™s good for your relationship with your partner to have this quality time together.
- Do regular, fun things together as a family.
Try theseÂ positive communication ideasÂ to strengthen your family relationships:
- When your child or partner wants to talk, stop what youâ€™re doing and listen with full attention. Give people time to express their points of view or feelings. But sometimes you might have to respect their need not to talk â€“ especially if theyâ€™re teenagers.
- Be open to talking about difficult things â€“ like admitting to mistakes â€“ and all kinds of feelings, including anger, joy, frustration, fear and anxiety.Â
- Be ready for spontaneous conversations. For example, younger children often like to talk through their feelings when theyâ€™re in the bath or as theyâ€™re getting into bed.
Appreciation for each other and family relationships
- Take an interest in each otherâ€™s lives. For example, make time to go to each otherâ€™s sporting events, drama performances, art shows and so on.
- Include everyone in conversation when youâ€™re talking about the dayâ€™s events.Â
- Share family stories and memories.