Family relationships sometimes entail conflicts of interest based on the nature of relationships. A strong family provides its members with social, economic, and psychological support throughout their lifetime. It ensures that family members can comfortably air their grievances without being judged, express and share happy moments, and discover the difference between right and wrong by getting lessons and advice from people who care about them. While all families undergo challenges in their daily lives, healthy families are based on their ability to develop characteristics such as effective interpersonal communication, spending quality time together, and encouraging each other.
Healthy family relationships are characterized by effective interpersonal communication. This entails promoting of a continuous exchange of information, feeling, face-to-face communication, and deriving meaning from the conversations held between family members. Families are inherently linked with each other through the common factors that they share. Ensuring that the home offers the family members a platform to communicate openly their personal feelings promotes effective communication. Whether family orientations are nuclear, single parent families, or divorced parents families (Supratman, 2017). Use of positive and supportive language also promotes the development of interpersonal communication in healthy family relations.
Spending quality time as a family is an important aspect of developing healthy relationships. Families that spend quality time together develop stronger bonds with each other. These bonds offer them a sense of belonging and reduce the risks of depression or loneliness. The feeling of hopelessness and inability to believe in oneself among youths is associated with spending time away from the family. Spending time together in families can be promoted through eating dinner together, reading books with each other, and ensuring that the members of the family are not constantly on their mobile phones or distracted by the television during family time (Hsin & Felfe, 2014; Brindova, et al., 2014). Although maternal employment may reduce the time children spend with their parents, parents who promote healthy relationships in their homes make time to ensure that they stay together and interact with their children.
Children look up to their families for motivation and encouragement. Healthy family relationships are characterized by the provision of positive criticism and encouraging each other to work hard in every aspect of people’s lives. Healthy families offer each other non-judgmental encouragements, which increases the level of effort and commitment that they place on their tasks. Healthy families that encourage each other also reduces risks of development of anxiety among children, promotes their cognitive development, and brave behaviors. Parents who constantly show their frustrations with their children to are less likely to influence the development of behaviors associated with bravery in their children (Silk, et al., 2014). Families that encourage their children set them up for success and enable children to evaluate themselves based on what they consider successful.
Healthy family relationships are characterized by many factors that enable families to share common interests and enjoy being in the presence of each other. Families that are often involved in arguments and do not communicate effectively, reduce their risks of developing close connections. Similarly, families that do not spend quality time with each other constantly are more likely to be distant towards each other. Family members should learn to balance their time accordingly to ensure that they get adequate time to spend time with each other whether inside the house or while involved in outdoor activities.
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