There are a lot of people who have family issues and most of the time many of these remain in the long run mostly because the bonds that were formed during the years were not very solid. It probably was nobody’s fault, but you can do a lot about changing the dynamics in your family and create stronger bonds that will last for a lifetime.
If we were to cover all the ways in which you can make the bonds between family members a lot more solid we could write a book, and this is why we have covered the most important ones and the ones that are great first steps into creating a united family.
1. Enjoy activities together
The first step you need to take is to have activities that involve every member of the family and do things together. Stargazing with your folks might prove to be something you will all love, so if you are interested in getting a telescope, you can check this one.
However, there are lots of activities that you can enjoy together, like playing a video game, painting the walls, training your dog, watching a movie, anything that will make you spend time together is a great choice to bring you closer together. This is important especially for children.
As human beings, we are programmed to search for the feeling of belonging, and what better group to belong to than your family? The feeling of belonging will make your brain release more oxytocin and you will feel a lot more loved and happy, besides the fact that it develops attachment and stronger bonds.
2. Make at least one daily meal a family meal
Eating together is a great way to bring your family closer. You can eat every meal together, but the most important meal of the day to spend with your family members is dinner. You will be able to talk about your day, about the happy stuff, and the unpleasant experiences that each of you had during the day.
By giving support and sharing your feelings about what happens on a daily basis you will be able to teach your children to offer support to their loved ones and they will feel supported at the same time. They will know that no matter what happens, their family will always be there to listen to them and offer support.
3. Do the daily chores as a team
The number one thing that brings people together is working for a common purpose. This is why team members and members of the army have such strong bonds with their colleagues. The easiest way to implement common goals between the members of your family is to do the house chores together as a team.
It might sound awkward and the goal is not that significant, but your mutual purpose is to make your lives easier and more beautiful and your home cleaner, and even food on your table is a part of that. Working together to achieve it will strengthen the bonds you have already formed and even give birth to others.
4. Schedule family meetings
If you think of your family as a team, then every member of the family is equal, the same way that every member of a team is equally important. Therefore, it is important to make decisions together. A great way to do this is to create a habit that every time you need to make decisions to have a family meeting.
This way, every member will feel appreciated and will feel like their opinion is important. Furthermore, they will feel like they have an input to helping the family, which will increase trust among spouses, children, and parents.