Tips to foster family well-being

Your family is where you learn who you are and how to relate to others. It plays a vital role in fulfilling the human need to belong and have close, long-term relationships. Whether you are a child, teen, or adult, family experiences can promote or hinder your well-being.

Many of us are spending much more time together as a family. Be sure to take some time to focus on building connections for stronger and more resilient family relationships.

  • Live a healthy lifestyle together. Plan for, shop, and eat healthy foods. Exercise as a family if you can. Or, promote physical activity suited for each family member. Get enough sleep.
  • Plan to eat at least one meal a day together. Have each person talk about his or her day, such as stating the best part and worst part.
  • Spend time together. Attend important events for each family member.
  • Express care and concern. Be available to help each other out. Listen, listen, listen.
  • Practice good manners. Say, “Thank you” and “You’re welcome.” Make it a practice to send thank you calls, notes, letters, or emails to others for gifts and other acts of kindness.
  • Express affection. Say, “I love you,” “I care about you,” and “You mean a lot to me.”
  • Discuss the value of the family as a whole. Encourage individual expression and development.
  • Define clear, yet flexible roles for family members. Assign family chores.
  • Keep the house as organized as possible.
  • Discuss the need to adapt to changes and deal with stressful events.
  • Seek professional help for problems the family cannot deal with on its own.

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