There are so many ways in which you can strengthen family relationships. And they don’t have to be hard, complex or complicated. On the contrary. It’s the small things that make a huge difference. And today I will share with you 12 simple ways in which you can strengthen family relationships.
12 Ways to Strengthen Family Relationships
1. Don’t play the martyr
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.¨ ~ Khalil Gibran
Don’t sacrifice yourself so much for your family to the point that you become bitter and resentful and start criticizing, judging and complaining. If you do something for your family, do it with all your heart.
Do you it because you genuinely feel like doing it. Not because you want to be praised as a result of the many sacrifices you make. Don’t play the martyr.
2. Get interested in each member of your family
“I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.” ~ Maya Angelou
A wonderful way to strengthen family relationships is to get interested in each member of your family. To genuinely show interest in who each member is, and to discover more about the things they deeply love, and the things are truly passionate about.
It’s true that you are part of your family. But it’s also true that you are more than your family. You are a unique individual who has his/her’s own thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and interests. And you need to express that uniqueness and individuality in your own way. So make sure you don’t lose yourself by wanting to be as your family thinks you should be. Blend it but stand out.
4. Let healing take its place
Address what needs to be addressed – in yourself and your family relationships – and seek to always allow love to heal the wounds that are in need of healing. Don’t let any past hurts, pain, bitterness, regrets or resentments linger by pretending they don’t exist. Acknowledge the pain, the hurts, and the wounds, and allow the healing process to take place.
“Family is the most important thing in the world.” ~ Princess Diana
We all make mistakes. We all say things we shouldn’t say and do things we shouldn’t do. But that doesn’t mean we are bad people. It only means that are human and that we are still learning – to do better and to be better.
Forgive all that needs to be forgiven. Let go of any thoughts, feelings, and emotions that are harming you and your family. And let love heal all your wounds.
6. Honor your differences and celebrate your similarities
Learn to honor your differences and celebrate your similarities. Make the best of what life offered you – your family, and know that the more different we all are from one another, the better life gets and the more there is for us to learn and discover.
“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
We all want to be loved and accepted just as we are. The same goes for your family. Whether you like your family or not, it is your family. And the best thing you can do is learn how to love and accept them as they are without trying to change, control or fix them. By doing so, you will be a living example for them, and from you, they will learn how to love and accept you without trying to change, control or fix you.
8. Strengthen family relationships by being true to yourself
A great way to strengthen family relationships is to be true to yourself. Because when you are being true to yourself, you are being true to your children, your spouse, your partner, your parents and your whole family. You are offering them the gift of YOU! And when you are being true to you, your whole family learns to mirror back at you the same powerful, courageous and inspiring behavior – authenticity.
Don’t stay so close to each other that it becomes harder and harder for all of you to breathe. Let there be space in your family relationships and give everyone the freedom to fly whenever they feel flying and as far as they want to. Let your family be free, and know that even if they fly away, they will always return home. Always remember that a caged bird, not only does not sing but once released, it might never return to its cage.
Let there be a healthy exchange of energy, love, help, and support between you and your family. Don’t give so much that you exhaust yourself. And don’t take too much either since that will exhaust the ones who are constantly giving. Strive for balance.
11. Love them from a distance
If there’s anyone in your family that tries to hurt or harm in any way. And if you feel that interacting with them can damage you and the relationship you have with this person, it is better to walk away and love them from a distance.
You are a valuable, precious and worthy human being, and you deserve to be treated as such. And if certain people can’t do this, it is better to walk away.
12. Strengthen family relationships by telling them how you feel
“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
Telling your family members how much you love and appreciate them is a great way to strengthen family relationships and connect with everyone in a more profound and meaningful way. So make sure you tell each member of the family how much you love, respect, and appreciate them and how happy you are to have them in your life. People need to hear these things and you need to tell them. It will do you all a lot of good.
And these are the 12 ways in which we can all strengthen family relationships. I would love to know what is the ONE thing you feel could help you and your family relationships become closer and stronger. You can leave your comment in the comment section below 🙂