Five Tips to Create Family Cohesiveness
How can parents achieve this family unity and still create independent children? “Dr. Mom” believes in creating goals as a family, receiving familial input, and then working towards their goals collectively. In her book, Purposeful Parenting: Strategies for Raising Children Who Achieve, Rose T. Watson ephasizes family cohesiveness. She believes this sense of togetherness can happen if the family enjoys each others company and joyful pleasure is garnered from togetherness. Watson's family remained close even though the members were located in different parts of the world. They had have family meetings and came together as a collective unit when anyone had a problem or dilemma to discuss. She recommends parents should create the same foundation for their families. Watson states, “a family is a we, not a group of individual I's. The behaviors that Watson's parents and grandparents modeled for her provided the backbone of her character and what became her parenting techniques. The experiences of her formative years helped shape how she became as a parent and who she is today. Follow her five tips for a close family.
Fostering Family Cohesiveness - "Dr. Mom's"Five tips to create a strong familial bond
1. A strong family core can see one through a catastrophe, thus enabling one to “keep on keeping on.”
2. At its most optimum level, a family is a we, not a group of individual I’s.
3. Cooperation, not competition fosters greater unity and success.
4. Discuss major issues as a family and take everyone’s input on major life changing decisions or resolution of situations.
5. Look for family traditions that can become touchstones of the family legacy in future years and nurture and cherish them.
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