On a fateful evening, Brian drove into his house, and with a tired look, walked slowly into his living room. He saw his kids playing games, and his wife engrossed in a movie, but no one seems to be excited to welcome him. The kids walked into their rooms when he sat on the couch, and the wife picked up her phone to chat with her friends. That’s a typical example of a family without a strong bond. Many families are experiencing a lack of unity and happiness and some are struggling to build bonds. But building a strong family bond is an evolving process and there are some things that you can do as a parent to create the right environment for those bonds to develop no matter the challenges your family faces. Without much ado, here are some ways to build a strong family bond within your family:
Be Generous and Show Kindness to Each OtherStudies have shown that children learn through modeling and gathered experiences, and they pick up a lot of habits from home because the family is the first social institution of a child. More so, children tend to imitate whatever things their older family members do. So when you practice generosity before them, they tend to become generous too. But when you display hostility, they are most likely going to have that inculcated in them. Therefore, to make your family bond strong, ensure you practice generosity and kindness.
Share Your Daily Meals as a FamilyApart from the fact that eating together tends to make every member of your family eat better; it also allows your kids to learn good communication skills. Sharing your meals as a family also helps to handle the stresses of daily life and also the hassles of daily existence. Furthermore, it helps to promote your physical, mental, and social well-being, because it helps bring your family together. Therefore, eating together is a symbol of shared family life, which helps to build a strong family bond.
Express Gratitude and Show AppreciationThis is an integral part of a family and a virtue that needs to be inculcated into young. When you show appreciation always, it helps to build an atmosphere of love, trust, and respect for one another. Expression of gratitude for a favor or kind gesture interprets that you are a responsible individual. So if you want to desire to build a strong family bond amidst your family members, learn to say thank you at the slightest chance you have. This shows that you do not only see the favor you received as a right but as a privilege. However, do not forget that the expression of gratitude is basically an application to get more.
Respect Each Other’s Privacy and DifferencesNo one is born the same and everyone has different upbringings and life experiences. This is what you should accept about your spouse. So you should respect differences like your choice of food, opinions, orderliness, communication style, temperament, etc. But this does not pertain to your spouse alone; it also includes your children. Yea, you need to respect your kids, especially when they are grown enough to make some personal decisions- here, you can only offer to guide them but not enforce your policies and decisions on them. More so, you need to respects everyone’s privacy in the family. This way, you can build a strong family bond and maintain peace and not stir crisis.
Love Every Member of Your Family IndiscriminatelyThis is where some families get it all wrong. Some parents love their partners more than they love their kids. In some homes, they show favoritism to one child over others. But these acts only give rise to enmity amongst the family members. Hence, showing equal love, care, attention to every member of the family is the major way you can build a strong family bond because nothing supersedes love- Everything centers on it.
Spend Quality Time Together As a FamilyRegardless of how tight your schedule is or how demanding your job is, you still need to spend quality time with your family. Yea, you need to create time to:
- Laugh together
- Travel together
- Go on picnics
- Watch movies
- Cook together
- Pray together
- Try new things together