Nothing is more important than family, but building and maintaining healthy relationships with your family isn’t easy. It requires hard work and may force you to humble yourself and change your behaviors. Every family is different, and every relationship within each family is different. But there are some basic behaviors you can follow to foster healthy relationships with any family member, whether it’s your spouse, parent, sibling or child.
Here are some quick tips from Dr. Glenn Pickering on how to create healthy family relationships:
If your family member has something to say, listen to them and respond. Ignoring them or trying to talk over them will make them feel disrespected and unloved.
Communication is the key to all healthy relationships. Be open and honest with your family, and they will be open and honest with you. Keeping too many things to yourself will distance you from your family.
Support your family members in their endeavors. If something is important to them, it should be important to you. Don’t be dismissive just because you don’t understand something that they want.
Spend Time Together
It takes time to build a healthy relationship. Spend quality time with your family whenever you can. Whether it’s a quiet movie night or an adventurous outing, many activities can help you bond.
There are many ways to show love to one another. Whether it’s verbally by saying “I love you,” physically by hugging or kissing, or more subtly by doing nice things for your family, there are many ways to convey the love you feel for them.
Handle Confrontation Civilly
Every family will have conflicts, but it’s important to handle yours in a civil manner. Avoid fighting, yelling and name-calling. Speak about how you feel and what you need from them, and allow them to do the same.
Contact Dr. Glenn Pickering Today!
If your family is going through tough times and you want the assistance of a family counselor to help create healthy relationships, Dr. Glenn Pickering is here to help. Contact Dr. Glenn today to schedule virtual or in-person family counseling services!