- Try to spend regular quality time together as a whole family and with each child, even if it is for a few minutes each day.
- Show affection (e.g., hugs, kisses, kind words or a pat on the back).
- Offer help and support to one another.
- Do fun things and laugh together.
- Share values and engage in family rituals (e.g., family dinners, weekend walks or movie nights) to build a sense of belonging.
- Talk to each other.
- Tell each other what you like about your family (e.g., "Dad, I like your hugs," or "Cara, you asked for that very politely").
- Have family discussions to organise family events and to work through difficulties.
- Try to listen, understand and respect each other’s feelings.
- Try to include children in decisions affecting them; give younger children choices to help them make a decision.
- Teach and model problem-solving skills to children so they become more confident at resolving their own conflicts.
- Set examples and send clear messages to children so they learn how to treat family members (e.g., speaking in a calm voice even when you disagree with a family member).
- Recognise and appreciate that everyone in the family will have different likes, needs and wants and this may sometimes create challenges within the family.
- Get support from family, friends or professionals when you need help juggling demands.
Tap to call (1300 364 277)
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm / Sat 10am-4pm