Every family is unique, but building strong and well-maintained family relationships will help you face challenges together, no matter what your family circumstances.
Regardless of your family structure, it’s essential that everyone feels safe and secure. Whether you’re a single parent, a blended family or living with stepchildren, all family members need to feel important and loved.
A family unit doesn’t always have to be traditional to work – families come in all different shapes, sizes and cultural backgrounds. For example, grandparents might be the primary caregivers, or foster carers or adoptive parents. Whatever the situation, the foundations of your family relationships need to be secure and well-maintained.
It might be helpful to think of your family as a house. A sturdy house needs strong foundations and ongoing maintenance or, over time, it will begin to crumble. The best way to stop your home from falling down is to give it constant loving attention; mowing the lawn, fixing the guttering and giving it a lick of paint every so often to keep it fresh.
With the right care and attention, the house becomes stronger and more filled with love and comfort. It grows strong enough to weather the Australian climate of sun, wind, rain and hail.
Building a family has the same principles. Providing a strong foundation of safety and security, followed by regular care and attention strengthens family bonds. When there are challenges to be faced, overcoming them will only reinforce the foundation, rather than destroy it.
So what are the practical steps to reinforcing your family’s wellbeing and ability to weather the storms?
No matter your family circumstances, with a bit of maintenance, care and attention your family can build from its strong foundations.
Source: Raising children network
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