There are many reasons why your family may not feel as close as it perhaps once did. Thankfully, there are plenty of simple ways to improve the situation. Here are five ways to strengthen your family’s bond.
Eat Dinner Together
Commitments outside of school and work may make eating dinner together tricky, but it’s one of the simplest ways to improve the relationships and communication within your family. If you can’t manage it every night, you should aim to share an evening meal at least once or twice a week. Turn off the television and any other gadgets and enjoy each other’s company. The advantages go far beyond stronger bonds. Other benefits include better nutrition and school performance, as well as a lower drug and alcohol risk.
Spend Quality Time Together
Constantly feeling like the proverbial ships that pass in the night is hardly conducive to strong family bonds. In addition to eating meals together, plan activities that you can do together as a family. From enjoying a bike ride and picnic to volunteering or taking a day trip together, there are many things you can try. Make sure you engage every member of your family by asking each one in turn to suggest an activity.
Allocate Individual Time to Each Child
Spending time together as a family is important but it’s imperative that you also spend some one-on-one time with each of your children. This allows each child to enjoy some quality time with their parents without having to cater to the needs of their siblings. Allow your child to choose how they spend their time and make sure that you are not interrupted. Children thrive on routine, so do all you can to avoid cancelling or changing the time you have agreed upon. The same advice goes for adults too; don't forget about date night.
Handle Conflict Fairly
Conflict is a natural part of family life, so you needn’t feel bad because of an occasional argument. It’s how you deal with it that counts. The key is to stay focused on the problem or behavioral issue at hand and not let conflict get out of hand by bringing up past issues. If arguments get too tense or you’re not sure of the correct response, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask everyone involved to take time out and gather their thoughts. Agree to talk about the issue again once things have calmed down a little.
Compliment Each Other
If you’re particularly proud of something a family member has said, done, or achieved, make sure you tell them. Unless they’re psychic, it’s unlikely they’ll know otherwise. Paying someone a compliment will make both you and them feel good, so watch out for ways you can praise others in your family. The Rubber Band Method is an easy way to get into the habit of giving compliments and saying nice things to others throughout each day.
These tips will help your family become a stronger unit. If you need more help and advice, a chat with a psychic online may help you uncover underlying issues. Speaking to a family therapist or counselor is another option.