Healthy family relationships - what are they?
In healthy family relationships, people are able to trust and rely on each other for support, love, affection and warmth. Families often share common goals and try to work together to reach those goals. For example, children may help their parents and carers to get the dinner dishes done so that everyone can relax or everyone in the family may do their own bit to help save some money to go on a family holiday. Some things we may see in families building positive relationships include:
- each person in the family is valued and respected
- two-way communication exists
- each family member makes an effort to understand and trust the other’s point of view
- family members check in with each other, especially when making important decisions
- adults share responsibility, where possible, for caring roles.