How to Strengthen Family Relationships

Maintaining healthy relationships with your children, siblings, parents, or even those close lifelong friends can be challenging. Here are a few tips for strengthening relationships as a parent or as a whole family.

Parents
The family unit takes work. It doesn’t just happen. If you are struggling to connect with your children, focus on providing them with the three A’s:

  • Attention (Focus)
  • Affirmation (Encouragement)
  • Affection (Physical touch)

Crosswinds Tip: Finding time to provide these things to our children can be challenging in this busy world. Set aside specific blocks of time to provide your children with each of these things. If you need to, block out three 30-minute times each week to focus on all three A’s.

Families
Create regular check-ins with your family members where you can share common interests, grow, and bond together.

Crosswinds Tip: Stay away from small talk. Try to ask open-ended questions that promote greater communication between you and your family. Here are a few examples of questions you can ask your family members daily:

  • What was the high and low of your day?
  • What is something you’re looking forward to?
  • What is one thing you accomplished today?
  • What is something you’re thankful for?

Maintaining healthy relationships with your children, siblings, parents, or even those close lifelong friends can be challenging. Here are a few tips for strengthening relationships as a parent or as a whole family.

Parents
The family unit takes work. It doesn’t just happen. If you are struggling to connect with your children, focus on providing them with the three A’s:

  • Attention (Focus)
  • Affirmation (Encouragement)
  • Affection (Physical touch)

Crosswinds Tip: Finding time to provide these things to our children can be challenging in this busy world. Set aside specific blocks of time to provide your children with each of these things. If you need to, block out three 30-minute times each week to focus on all three A’s.

Families
Create regular check-ins with your family members where you can share common interests, grow, and bond together.

Crosswinds Tip: Stay away from small talk. Try to ask open-ended questions that promote greater communication between you and your family. Here are a few examples of questions you can ask your family members daily:

  • What was the high and low of your day?
  • What is something you’re looking forward to?
  • What is one thing you accomplished today?
  • What is something you’re thankful for?

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