Healthy family relationships help all members of a family feel safe and connected to one another. While all families go through good and difficult times, a family with healthy relationships is still able to interact with one another in a safe and respectful way. In healthy family relationships, people are able to trust and rely on each other for support, love, affection, and warmth, even during difficult times.
When children receive love and support in a warm family environment, they are better able to explore their world, learn new skills, and develop positive relationships. Children who learn the skills of building healthy relationships are more likely to grow up to become confident and resilient individuals.
Our daily responsibilities are important, but it’s also necessary to spend time with children and other family members, and to be fully present during that time.
Positive signs of affection show that you care, and may help develop trust and compassion in the relationship.
Make a point of celebrating every day positive things that your child does, such as sharing a toy or playing nicely with a sibling.
The way people talk and listen to each other builds emotional ties and helps clearly emphasize our needs. Ineffective styles of communication, however, can damage relationships.
Focus on what children are saying to show that you are genuinely interested. Be sure to pay attention to what is being spoken, as well as what is not being said.
More than 229,000* Ohio children live in homes headed by grandparents and other family members. You can help relatives raising children. You can help families thrive by lending a hand to all families.
*U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
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