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The quality of your family life will influence all other parts of your life. In fact, there have been studies and surveys that tell us the greatest source of happiness in our lives is our family. The thing is, though, these same things will tell us that the greatest source of frustration and even disappointment in our lives can be when we have to deal with family problems. So as a parent, making sure that we can provide a stable and happy home environment can really make a difference to our children. Plus, if you think about it, as goes the family, so goes our communities, which make up our nations, and so on. So the family is a really fundamental part of society.
But what do strong and healthy families look like? Even if parents have had to call on expert divorce solicitors, they can still co-parent and raise a family, just in a different way. But here are some of the ways that you can raise a strong family, as well as ideas of things that you can all be doing.
What your children see as they grow up, is quite likely what they are going to do when they grow up. So what do your children see? Do they see laziness? Do they see happiness? Do they see generosity, or do they see honesty? One of the greatest things that you can do for your children is giving them the gift of you and letting them know who you are and what you stand for. The lifestyle that our children see us do each day is more powerful than what we tell them. While both are important things, we need to make sure that we have a good balance of both.
The Gift of Time
There is a phrase that goes something along the lines of spelling love, T, I, M, E. And although we all lead busy lives, when it comes to our family, it isn’t necessarily the case of finding time, rather, making time. But why is it that we find it so difficult to make the time, as we are all so busy? We don’t want our children to feel like they are an interruption. We need to be realistic about the things we do, but at the same time, remember that children don’t have the same understanding around time that we do. You could plan in dates with them set aside time to do things, and make sure that you are always acknowledging them.
An Encouraging Environment
Growing up in an encouraging environment is an environment where we spend time building and encouraging our loved ones, and we will do that more than the amount that we shout and tell them off. It is also about speaking respectfully to our children too. When you encourage, you are making sure that there is an emphasis on doing good things, rather than focusing on mistakes or what has gone wrong. Invest your energy as a parent in praising your children, rather than always have a criticism when mistakes are made. It can be hard to get the balance, as we do need to teach them, but it is worth making the effort.