Tips for Families

These tips cover a variety of issues that help families to improve communications, increase cooperation and deepen relationships among family members. The information is educational and not intended to replace family therapy. To obtain additional information, click on the links at the end of each article.


Family-Strengthening Activities

This tip is a list of activities you can do with your family to strengthen your familial bonds.

  • Plan one extra all-family activity just for the purpose of celebrating your family life. During the fun, talk to each member about their impressions of your family life.
  • At the dinner table, have each person name one thing about the family for which he or she is thankful.
  • Count the members of your immediate family. Then add relatives. Then add special friends. How big is your “family”?
  • Make some resolutions to improve family communication; i.e., schedule regular “family meetings,” assist a member with a difficult task once each week, plan a special family celebration once each month, etc.
  • Organize those family snapshots!! It’s a wonderful activity for the whole family, and a unique opportunity to share past experiences with the children. Usually good for several get-togethers.
  • Write “love notes” to each other, and hide them where they can easily be found.
  • Hug, kiss, smile, wink.
  • Create a family symbol or a family motto as an expression of your family’s unity.
  • Write a l-o-n-g letter to a distant relative.
  • Parents can learn much by having children grade parents with an occasional report card. Subjects — smiling, laughing, sharing and playing.
  • Play the one-a-day compliment game for a week, with every family member. Keep score!!!
  • Volunteer to help someone who doesn’t have a family.
  • Make a “suggestion box” and encourage everyone to contribute whatever is on his or her mind. Open it once a week, and discuss the contents.
  • Go on a walk together after dark. Look at the stars; point out some constellations.
  • Make a resolution to maintain your family as your highest priority.

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