Healthy, strong families give their members the support they need to make it through life’s difficulties. There are many ways to define a family, but they all have one common idea: caring. It’s the small things you do on a regular basis that count the most when faced with stress and conflict.

Children sometimes create the aspect of a family. Building an environment where children are free to discuss any topic of concern needs to begin while the child is very young. Allow children to talk about what they like to do and their feelings. This will help build trust and acceptance and form a cohesive family unit.

Being a family is fun! There are many everyday occurrences that can help create a loving family atmosphere. Family mealtimes can be a time for communication among members, and game night, even if just once per week can be beneficial to the family dynamic. Vacations are also wonderful times to bond with family. Use this time to include every family member. Being involved in activities such as these while also setting limits creates an enjoyable, but controlled family environment.

Did You Know?

  • Building better relationships involves all generations – grandparents, parents, and children.
  • Family routines and rituals are powerful organizers of family life that add stability during times of stress and transition
  • Research demonstrates that regular religious practice is a predictor of family stability

The Importance of Dinner Time!

  • 74 percent of teenagers said that they enjoy eating meals with their families
  • Teens who have more family meals tend to eat more fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and calcium-rich foods
  • Research shows that more frequent family meals also protect against tobacco, alcohol, low grade point average, depression and suicide, particularly among adolescent girls

Remember the five ‘L’s’ of family

  1. Learning
  2. Loyalty
  3. Love
  4. Laughter
  5. Leadership

 

Sources: Harvard University, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.