Ever heard the words tough love? For our purposes here, let’s define it as a way to make sure our families are thick-skinned and resilient enough to not only survive, but also thrive in today’s world. And building a strong family bond can work to strengthen each individual family member. A strong family makes it easier to get through tough times and succeed in life both as a unit and by yourself. Essentially, when you’ve got a great foundation, you end up being tougher and stronger outside of that safe space.
So, how does one go about building resilience and security within a family to make everybody better when they’re on their own? Well, we did the dirty work for you and found 15 ways to make your family tougher, not in the Gangs of New York kind of way, but in the I am strong and can survive anything way. And who doesn’t want that?
1. Family Dinners
This is rule number one when it comes to making resilient families. Turning off the television, putting away the iPads and silencing the cell phones might be challenging, but having regular family dinners that include casual conversation has been shown to help kids do better in school and feel more confident in general.
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