Child rearing is no easy task. It’s even debatable whether raising a child in today’s world is harder than it’s ever been. Though there is really no way to quantify this speculation, the masses of resources that are available today, both good and bad, definitely put different stresses on parents and children alike.
It’s much easier for the young generations in this age to get their hands on things that are questionable and unhealthy to the development of a child. To add to this, standards of living are changing every day, and things and activities once thought of as “good” and “normal” are being considered in a different light.
Though it’s all a matter of opinion, there are certain things that parents can be doing that will contribute to creating a healthy family dynamic in the home. By practicing these things, it is hopeful that individuals will grow up with stronger foundations that will keep them out of situations where the road to recovery is long and painful for everyone involved.
Spend Time Together
Though there is no cut and dry way to raise a family, there are certain practices that have been proven to strengthen a family unit. The number one way to strengthen relationship is to spend time with whoever it is you want to build relationship with.
It’s very easy to disconnect from people you never see or talk with. By setting aside time to hang out as a family, bonds are built and made indestructible. There isn’t any one way to do this. The important thing is to merely do things together. Whether this means eat, play, attend a spiritual gathering, or just talking, the time alone will build a healthy family dynamic that an individual will carry with them into the rest of their life.
Give Love in a Way it Can be Received
Sometimes this is much easier said than done. There are 5 love languages that people operate through. In no particular order they go: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. The important thing is to know how you personally receive love, as well as how everyone else does.
Everybody is unique. If you give love by giving gifts, but the recipient of the gifts doesn’t receive love that way, they won’t take the gesture for what it’s worth. In your family unit it’s important to have everyone identify their love languages so that the giving and receiving of love can be felt by everyone.
When everyone knows that they’re loved, the family unit is made stronger and this leads to less searching for love in other, unhealthy ways down the road. Start with these two things and move on once you’ve made these practices a habit in your home.