Family plays a predominant role in forming a person’s character and self-image. Family relationships are life’s most important ones. A good family represents a safe haven from the trials of the world, and furnishes the most significant, lasting memories in old age.
However, statistics show that for whatever reason, most people across the world today prioritize career over family. Parents spend 40 percent less time with their children than parents of earlier generations. “Quality time” is a concept that most parents should embrace, but quantity time matters too. Just as there is a minimum amount of oxygen needed for survival, a minimum amount of time is required for a family to survive. Building a stable family takes work, but the effort is ultimately well worth the discipline. Success that comes at the cost of the love and respect of family is hollow.
The choice to spend time communicating with and caring for one’s family begins with the couple, who must wholeheartedly agree on their core values as a couple first, and then as a family. Just as importantly, they must work out an approach to problem-solving that fosters understanding and positive change.
Useful practices include blocking out family time first on the calendar, finding ways to spend time together, expressing appreciation for family members, and resolving conflict as quickly as possible.
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