September 5, 2013
The key to a healthy successful family is having family strength. Having good family strength makes a happy home. In an article titled Family Strengths: Time together, I learned what makes a strong family. Love, family quality time, and one-on-one quality time between parents and children, and between parents, strengthens a families bond. Most strong families consist of happiness and love. But to achieve happiness and love in a strong family the family has to meet the needs of one another.
In this article titled Family Strengths: Time Together, authors Stephen F. Duncan and Kristi McLane connect family strength to time spent together with the family. Fifteen hundred students participating in a national study named spending time together as what they thought made a happy family. “The family: A Proclamation to the World declares the importance of wholesome reaction as an important element of successful marriages and families. Two national studies back up this idea by linking family activities and outings with fewer problem behaviors in both children and young adults”. In a study they compared how a father felt after spending a day doing an activity with his son and how the son felt after spending a day doing an activity with his father. Although both felt different, in the end the child enjoyed himself and that is what was really important. Parent time together away from the children was an important part of building family strength. This article also provided creative ideas for families to spend time together. Things the article listen that families can do together are eat together, dedicate an extra five hours to each other, spend one-on-one time together, have alone time without the children, do something together as a family including extended family and friends, create a fun family restaurant at home, and assign household chores in pairs.
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