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How to Build Stronger Family Relationships

>> Oct 14, 2011

Do you wish you had a stronger relationship with your family? Particularly when you do not live close by, or you lead very busy lives, keeping that close contact and support can be very difficult. Maybe you have never been very close with your family, maybe even estranged, but are hoping to re-establish a bond. Here are some ideas that will help you build and strengthen your family relationships.

1. Establish Regular Contact.Whether it is a weekly phone call every Sunday night at 7pm, or even better, a weekly or fortnightly dinner (face to face contact is of course preferable), having a routine makes it easier to keep in touch.

Make sure the responsibility to keep up regular contact is shared equally between all family members so that none of you fall out of the habit. Take turns hosting the dinners or initiating the phone calls so you know everyone is taking it just as seriously.

2. Try New Experiences.Particularly if you aren’t very close, or do not feel you have a lot in common with some of your family members, trying something new together can be a great way to bond and break the ice.

It means family outings will be less awkward as there will be something different that you can also focus on or be distracted by. If you are already a tight family, new experiences will serve to strengthen that bond further, and create great photo opportunities for the family album!

3. Be on Call for Help and Advice.Make it very clear to your siblings, your parents or other relatives that you are there to help in anyway you can.

Whether it’s cooking your parent’s dinner if they are particularly busy one week, offering your services as a babysitter so your brother and his wife can have a night off, or even offering business advice such as recommending a
debt collection agency if they are struggling to get money back from an employee.

Paying attention, offering advice and simply being helpful in anyway you feel able will mean you will hopefully soon be able to lean on them to do the same.

4. Show How Much You Care.Not just at Birthdays, Christmas or other such special occasions – but throughout the entire year.

Of course these occasions are important for a reason, but that doesn’t mean that they should be the only time you display affection or caring. Unexpected kind gestures go a long way and mean much more than you think.

It can be as simple as sending them a parcel with their favourite chocolate the next time you happen upon it in the supermarket. Think of how thrilled you feel when you receive something unexpected and pleasant in the mail – why not share that feeling around?

5. Don’t Force It.
If you try all these ideas and you still struggle to establish or strengthen the bond…remember it’s okay. After all, we do not choose our family. Turn to friends instead and spend that energy with those who truly care about you.

This doesn’t mean to give up if it is something that is really important to you, but it does pay to bear in mind that “family” doesn’t always have to mean blood relation.

Make sure to protect yourself: if your dad only ever seems to talk to you to borrow money, let him know you will look into
debt recovery services if you do not get the money back. Think carefully about whether they are a positive of negative influence in your life. You might find, in the end, you would be happier if you let them go.

5 komentar:

Michael October 14, 2011 at 11:31 PM  
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Zikir dan Kontemplasi October 15, 2011 at 2:25 AM  

Good tips, how important rope friendship, kinship


Soesilo Adji October 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM  

it's good tips..good day..have a nice weekend..

Anonymous October 16, 2011 at 6:20 PM  

Nice post... very true about relationship. We are in need to give equal important to each member at family and i have the experiences of misunderstand while we miss someone to share. I liked the last tip, we can't expect everyone to be same as we are.

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