What makes a strong family?

Great information from one of our UNL teams on how to make families stronger! We are better leaders at work when our home life is awesome too!!

Kimmel Education & Research Center

ParentsOutdoorhikingwith11moAll families function differently and all families have some strengths.

Retired UNL Family Life specialist, Doc. John DeFrain has done research for more than 20 years in several countries. Through research on families he found that there are six general qualities to help strengthen families. Pick out your families strengths as you look at these qualities.

  1. Appreciation and affection – People in strong families deeply care for one another, and they let each other know this on a regular basis. This could be just sitting by a person’s side or giving them a quick hug and words of endearment such as I love you, I appreciate you.
  2. Commitment – Members of strong families show a strong commitment to one another, investing time and energy in family activities. This doesn’t mean that you have to attend every activity – it might be a neighbor that fills in sometimes.
  3. Positive communication –…

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