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8 Ways to Build Stronger Connections as a Family

8 Ways to Build Stronger Connections as a Family

What does it mean to build connections within your family and how do we do it? 

Most people believe that love, togetherness, and social connection are more important than things like fame, wealth, and even physical health when it comes to their happiness or their families. Our intuition is right because the lack of connections within a family may represent significant threats. Staying connected as a family fortifies both our mental and physical health. Healthy family connections make sure that people have someone to turn to when in need. It helps in maintaining a balanced mental health. 

So, what exactly does it mean to be “connected as a family”? Is it the number of times you talk a day? Is it your perceived closeness or the support you receive? Or is it the level of responsiveness? The answer might surprise you… It’s actually the combination of all of these things. 

So when it comes to building connections within our family, our goal as parents is to build up our children so that they feel empowered, more confident, and well-supported without judgment. Then, we must put in the effort.

As the Founder/President of STARS Kids Life Coaches our STARS Kids Life Coaches help kids build strong connections for themselves and their families by providing them with the tools and resources they need to develop healthy relationships. Our coaches work with kids to build their self-confidence, communication skills, and problem-solving skills. They also help kids to learn how to manage their emotions and cope with stress. When kids have stronger connections with their family and friends, they are more likely to be happy, healthy, and successful.

Our family teaches us how to function in the world. It should provide love and warmth to all of its members. A strong family gives its members the support they need to make it through life’s toughest spots. Strong families have open lines of communication – where all family members feel heard and respected. One of the best ways to strengthen your family is to increase your listening skills and those of other family members. Until we can hear each other, we cannot build strong relationships.

How to Build Stronger Connections

Here are some of the ways parents can help children build stronger connections:

  • Building self-confidence: help kids to develop a positive self-image and to believe in their own abilities. This helps them to feel more confident in themselves and in their relationships with others. Having a child recognize their strengths and build on them is paramount.
  • Improving communication skills: help kids learn how to communicate their thoughts and feelings effectively. This helps them to build stronger relationships with their family and friends.
  • Teaching problem-solving skills: help kids to learn how to solve problems in a healthy and productive way. This helps them to resolve conflicts and disagreements in their relationships.
  • Managing emotions: help kids to learn how to manage their emotions in a healthy way. This helps them to cope with stress and to avoid acting out in unhealthy ways.

Creating Stronger Connections

In addition to building a greater number of stronger connections, it’s important that we actually feel connected to the people we spend time with. And the way we interact with people has a direct effect on how connected we feel to them. This is why effective interpersonal communication can be very important. Here are some strategies that family members may use. 

  1. Use active listening. Active listening involves being truly present when another person is talking. Nodding, reinforcing what they say, and focusing on them are key actions. Be sure to also avoid letting your mind wander to other things or what you’re going to say next. 
  2. Cultivate empathy. Empathy involves mentally and emotionally trying to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. See if you can understand what their situation would be like from their perspective. 
  3. Be honest. Warm, trusting relationships are built on honesty. So be sure to tell the truth and share your true self with those with whom you want to build connections.
  4. Use emotion regulation. Managing your emotions is key to being able to work through difficulties with those you care about. 
  5. Pay attention to nonverbal cues. People say a lot with their body language. Try to pay attention to what other people are telling you with their nonverbal cues. For example, if someone is looking around a lot or backing away from you, they might be ready to leave the conversation.
  6. Share your stories. Self-disclosing personal information (a little bit at a time) can help others feel closer to us. So it can be helpful to use self-disclosure to improve your connections.
  7. Try loving-kindness meditation. Loving-kindness meditation is a type of meditation where we imagine sending love to others. It can help strengthen our skills of compassion, kindness, and love.
  8. Gratitude journaling. Writing a gratitude journal or list can help us appreciate the connections we have and, as a result, bring our best selves to our social interactions.

Building stronger connections as a family may just be one of the best things we can do to improve our health and well-being. Although there are lots of ways to do it, they don’t always come easy in our “island unto yourself” world. Modeling these 8 ways to build a stronger connection will be reflected in our children. So taking one step at a time can be a good way to slowly but surely feel more connected and build those long-lasting relationships as a family. 


About the Author

Author - Bronwyn Bergen

Name: Bronwyn Bergen

Professional Title: Founder/President STARS Kids Life Coaches

Bio: Bronwyn Bergen is the founder/President of The STARS Kids Life Coaches.  She says there is no greater inspiration than empowering children. STARS Kids Life Coaches is a certified global Kids Life group specializing in building self-esteem, social skills, emotional intelligence, and communication skills while also addressing growth mindset for athletes, attention disorders, divorce recovery, and parental counseling. 

Website: starskidslifecoaches.com

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