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Create A Sense of Commitment to the Family

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Creating a Strong, Supportive Family

Here are some qualities shared by strong families

A commitment is a pledge or a promise. Applied to family life, it is a sense of responsibility or duty to the family that overrides temporary conflicts or times of crisis. Members of strong families take their familial commitment seriously. It is conscious, unwavering, and unconditional. Strong families are not immune to the problems faced by everyone else in modern times – they too face hectic days, financial difficulties, demanding work hours, marital infidelity, and illness. In strong families, however, commitment implies that family members help each other out during hard times. They make the family relationship a priority, even if it means sacrificing personal wants, activities outside of the family, or work demands. At the core of sacrificing for the family is the idea of putting the interests of others ahead of one’s own – a notion that reflects moral values and integrity.

Try these things:

  • Arrange a family council for an hour once a month. Discuss your family goals, what you are doing to meet them, and what needs to be worked on. Listen to each other’s ideas rather than condemning them. Encourage free, open, and accepting communication.
  • If everyone in the family is too busy with outside activities, rearrange schedules so that more time can be spent together with the family. Or have each family member agree to give up one outside activity.
  • Designate a wall in the house as the “family wall.” Decorate it with photos, souvenirs, and family mementos.
  • Make a record of the family history in a photo album, identifying dates, places, and special events.

Dr. Baya Mebarek, Psy.D.,LMFT
www.sandiegofamilytherapy.net

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