10 Rules for a Happy Family

10 Rules for a Happy Family

A family is said to be a fundamental pillar for society. There are countless depictions of happy families everywhere, how they look and how they handle stuff. Just what makes a happy family? We take a look at ten rules for a truly happy family.


Families and the relationships on which they are based all thrive on communication. All family members should have channels of open communication where issue can be raised and listened to. Good communication should be structured such that there is openness sand flexibility.

Enjoy an appreciate each other

This is really simple. Members of the family should learn to appreciate the little acts of kindness shown to them by other members. There should be a sense of joy and happiness once the family interacts. The parents should feel happy once the children get home and vice versa.

Show interest

It’s very easy to come home tired after a long day at work and have zero interest about your kids’ day. However, this shouldn’t be so. Take time to ask them about how they spent their day and share something about yours as well. This way, the children will always be looking forward to your coming home because there is something to share.

Have meals together

Family dinner is a very important aspect of a happy family. Try and make sure that most times every family member is available for the family dinner. Research shows that dinner time happens to be a great time to connect. The number of times you set to have dinner together will vary from family to family but any number from four will generally do.

Put family first

Your family should come before your friends, your relatives, your golf buddies and all. Have ample time with your family and bring up kids in a fun and loving manner. If you put other people before family, the kids especially will fill their needs for fun with sources outside the home and disconnect will be created.

Let children play

The modern world has placed too much of a burden on children. There are countless activities related to school that children have to do after school. Ensure that you limit these activities to a reasonable level creating time for family time in the evening.

Family ritual

This is basically an activity that the family engages in at a certain time of the month, week or day. It could be a family game, going out for tea, taking a walk on Saturday morning or pretty much any activity that defines a certain time for you as a family unit. The family ritual should however be a little bit flexible to avoid disappointments.

Keep fights between the grown ups

It probably goes without saying, do not fight in front of the kids. Most relationships and marriages have the occasional disagreement here and there. Always make sure that fights between dad and mum are actually between dad and mum. If the children happen to witness one of those fights, apologize to them and assure them that everything is settled.

Be flexible

The family unit you are in will not always remain as it is. At some point, someone gets married, another one gets babies, some pass on, grow older and so on. Have the flexibility to accommodate all these changes keeping in mind that despite the changes, everyone still remains a member of the family.

Be available

The number of parents who only see their kids a few days in a week is shockingly high. Make time for your family and in doing so you will reduce all fears of insecurity that start to grow when parents start being absent.

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