Family Strengths - How strong is your family?
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- Michael Grose
The Australian Family Strengths Research Project conducted a decade ago by the Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle identified the strengths of Australian families who cope well with life’s challenges.
The study showed families that share these strengths demonstrate resilience when faced with challenges. I think they are a great guide to building a strong family.
Family members talk regularly, there are few secrets, humour high, people interact in an open, honest way.
, Shared values, beliefs and morals, experiences and a sense of spirituality are the invisible glues that hold people together and gives sense of belonging
participate as a unit in enjoyable activities.
Family members show affection regularly (kiss, hug, I love you), show care and concern, display acts of thoughfulness.
Family members encourage, assist, , affirm and reassure and look out for each other. Members feel equally comfortable asking for and giving support.
People generally show acceptance by respecting, appreciating and understanding each other’s differences. Respect for individuality and uniqueness, give ‘space’ to be themselves, value differences.
show dedication and loyalty to family as a whole. Family wellbeing is a high priority. People don't give up on each other particularly when times are tough.
respond positively to family challenges and adapt to change. Deal with challenges through talking, supporting each other, seeking outside support when needed, and pulling together to form a united front to solve problems.
This is not the perfect family. But it gives an understanding of the family-based protective factors that allow families to more effectively meet the the challenges they face. How do you think you measure up?
For more ideas to build a strong family visit parentingideas.com.au
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