A healthy family consists of people who respect, communicate and care for each other. Promoting this type of family life, whether it's in your own home or by teaching your Sunday school class, a group of new parents or other individuals is an important step in bettering the world. Whether you are a single parent, a member of a blended family or a new married couple, building strong and resilient relationships will give you a strong foundation of support when you need it most.
1 Encourage the families to communicate well with each other. This is a sharing of ideas, feelings and thoughts without fear of recrimination or ridicule. Without effective communication, family life is much more difficult.
2 Instruct the group to listen to the other members of their families about their problems with peer pressures, stress on the job or at school, and life in general. Tell them that sometimes it is enough for someone to listen carefully without giving advice and to empathize with the other person.
3 Advise the group to support each member of their family in his work, play and other activities. It is important to know that when the world seems to spin out of control on some days that you have someone who will always be there for you in the good and bad times.
4 Explain the benefits of exemplary behavior to the participants by instructing them to be effective role models within the family setting when conflicts arise. Displaying effective techniques of controlling anger, handling stress and resolving issues in the family unit will accomplish this task. Explain that children learn more from how parents behave than by what they say.
5 Instruct the participants to designate time to spend together as a family every day, such as at the dinner table or after work or school. If regular family times are not possible due to hectic lifestyles, tell them to designate one night each week as family time and to allow nothing to interfere with this night. It may be a game night, going out to dinner, biking together, taking long walks or simply talking while enjoying a favorite family treat. The point is to spend this time reconnecting with the most important people in their lives.
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