We all know family is important, unique, and permanent. We don’t get to choose what life we are born into, and do our best to find a place within a group of people bound by blood. It’s no surprise that conflict will arise within a family, often causing tension, animosity, and regret. Making the decision to resolve these issues and work on yourself could potentially be the most important decision you make for both you, and your family.
Discussing your issues and absolving any past disagreements between family members is incredibly challenging on your own. Bring your family into a mediated situation, where a trained and qualified therapist can help work through your concerns from an unbiased perspective. It’s important to dive deep into your relationships, to find the core values that make a family strong:
- Love – Within the power of love, comes the traits of respect, devotion, and loyalty. Love is the root of human compassion and desire, in which we all feel the need to be accepted by those around us. This physical and mental act of kindness is the most vital part of building strong family foundations.
- Growth – Naturally, as we age, life happens and things start to change. A family that is well equip to handle the stress of daily life, is a family that can grow actively together. Developing these coping techniques will make your family stronger and hopefully minimize the amount of future incidents. The next time something doesn’t go your way, try and find something positive out of the situation, and surround your family with this emotion
- Direction – Leadership and guidance are essential to any family. The adults are designed to take charge and lead the children towards a constructive future. This lack of direction and forward momentum can lead a family down a destructive path of weakness. Remember to always lead by example, still understanding that each member of your family is an individual.
- Laughter – It’s often said that laughter is the best remedy for any negative situation. While building a strong family can be tedious and relentless, remember to smile every once in a while. Laughter with each other will relieve tension, ease fears, and fuse family relationships.
- Communication – Strong families are constantly striving for constant communication. Whether your conversations are trivial or lengthy, the act of positive annunciation can develop into lifelong bonds. Deep connections between relatives are based off communication, in order to reflect the love and respect that you feel for one another. Remember to always be honest and kind, and if you listen carefully, your family may actually surprise you one day!