Good family relationships are enjoyable for their own sake – it just feels good to be part of a warm and loving family.
But good family relationships are important for lots of other reasons too. They:
- make children feel secure and loved, which helps their brains develop
- can help to overcome difficulties with children’s eating, sleeping, learning and behaviour
- make it easier for your family to solve problems and resolve conflict
- help you and your children respect differences of opinion as your children develop more independence
- give children the skills they need to build healthy relationships of their own.
This is why it’s always worth looking at the relationships you share with your children and other family members, and thinking about how you can improve them.
As a parent, you’re doing the best you can for your children, probably while you’re juggling work, friends, household management and more. But even for the busiest of parents, there are plenty of easy things you can do to develop good family relationships.