What does it mean for your family to be well?
Family wellness is a condition of positive communication with all members of the family for them to be happy and achieve social, physical, and mental well-being. However, each family is different in relation to the level of their well-being. Some families are highly effective in some aspects and might feel more challenged in other aspects.
Below are several strategies that you can follow to achieve optimal wellness in your family.
Set aside time for your family.
Prioritize family by spending quality time with them and giving each of them a chance to be heard in terms of decision making or agreeing with an activity. This will keep all family members involved and maintain the closeness. You can also cook together and designate a chore that they can do in the kitchen, like who prepares the meals or who cooks the food. In the evenings, you can practice a habit of gathering in the living and playing cards or watching a family movie. Whatever it is, make it fun and meaningful.
In school, participate in parent-teacher conferences or volunteer to help in school activities. This will certainly strengthen your connection with your family, enhance your wellness, and foster close ties with your community.
House chores, on the other hand, are a great way of improving your relationship with each member of your family. You can do the dishwashing together with your daughter, and your son can help arrange and clean the kitchen and living room. Teach them the value of sharing responsibilities and helping each other to attain your goals faster. If you have a few minutes to spare, always cuddle with your kids before they go to bed. Read them a story or lie beside them so that they can feel your love and affection before they close their eyes.
Learn efficient communication skills.
Instill in your family the value of respect for each other. Once a member states an opinion, please do not ignore it. Rather, listen to it and weigh the matter first before deciding to agree or refute. Encourage everyone to speak for themselves and do not interrupt them when they are talking. Maintaining a respectful and open communication with your family helps create trust and strengthens your bonds with each other.
As for the children, they, too, have a voice that needs to be heard, so do not make fun of them when they try to express how they feel. Instead, listen to them. It may just be because of a petty fight with their sibling or outrage of frustration because they do not understand their lesson. Be their source of comfort. Tell them softly not to fight with each other and remind them of your rules in the house. Encourage them to ask for help and support and be there when they need it.
Prioritize your family’s health.
Making sure that your family is healthy should be one of your top-most priorities—schedule annual checkups for you and your spouse, and your kids’ visits to their pediatricians. Dental checkups are also important. When these appointments are made regularly, your doctor will be able to care for your family efficiently and appropriately. Your family’s health and safety are key to their wellness as well. When everyone is healthy, everyone is happy.
Dealing With Conflicts As Parents
To maintain family wellness, try to be as consistent as you can in your role as parents. This means that when you have misunderstandings or disagreements, you always think of protecting your children. Discuss your issues in closed doors and, as much as possible, talk gently with each other. If any of your children break your house rules, on the other hand, explain to them why there is a consequence so they can understand and learn from their mistakes. Consequences are essential to keep the discipline in the home. Ultimately, this is a way of letting them know that despite the connections and the freedom of expression, as parents, you are figures of authority that keep the peace and harmony in the family. They may not be able to understand this completely, but eventually, they will thank you for strengthening them and helping them practice the values of patience, commitment, and discipline.
Dealing With Conflicts As Children
Honor your parents’ need to keep you safe and secure. That is their responsibility. Also, through these safeguards, you will learn the necessary tools and strategies that you will need when you go into your adulthood. If you have a quarrel with your brother or sister, look for ways to be friends again. Remember that in the long run, you are siblings and will always be family. You should stand by each other and protect one another, rather than be against each other.
Keeping or enhancing family wellness will empower your family and keep the love and connection strong, resilient, and long-lasting.