A happy family life emerges through the cooperation of the members of the home. Each member loves the other members of his family, appreciates what the other family members do for him, and accepts responsibilities cheerfully. Good family membership results in successful home life.
In every family, however, there are problems that arise from time to time. Problems are part of the process of living together. Some families are able to find ways to solve their problems, so they stay happy. This is a sign of maturity on the part of the individuals concerned. Other families fail the task of trying to have a happy family because of several reasons. Conflicts and misunderstanding arise in some families when the children are maturing. Some parents find it hard to realize that their children are growing up. At this stage of life it is necessary that a son or daughter feel that he is included in the decision-making of the family; that his/her ideas and suggestions are respected and considered. There is a need for young people and parents to try to understand each other. The families who can talk together over their problems and differences of viewpoint will find that they can avoid misunderstanding.
Some Basic Principles which are the backbone of a stable and happy family.
- Give Yourself to Your Family. Most parents never have time for their children. They are always too busy doing the things they want to do. They simply don’t take time for their children.
- Private Family Activities: a Must. Spend more time with your family. There are many activities in which the whole family can participate. Group activities such as picnics, swimming, hiking and fishing can be great fun. Take your children with you.
- Communicate with your Family. In too many homes there is simply no communication. So many parents seem have no time to communicate with their children.
(sources: Population Education by Custodiosa Sanchez)