Building Strong Ties Within a Family
Family ties can be considered something that is always needed by human beings. People need strong family ties to feel loved and safe in this world and being part of a family with a special needs child(adult/elderly) is no different. The world of today is the world of scientific innovation, and it is changing at a very fast pace.
Many people do not consider it necessary to live with those people with whom they have blood ties, but it all depends on their environment and circumstances of which life has dealt to them.
You may need to put a lot of effort in at some stages. The efforts that we have made earlier on in our autistic son’s life have made a huge impact on where we are now in this crazy world and how he will be in it. Our hope is that our efforts were not in vain and thankfully have resulted in a stronger family unit with one another and stronger individual overall. This will in turn enrich your experience with your family. Living a life which is full of love and care is a dream for all of us. You need to put a little effort in to get the results you want or desire.
To build strong ties within your family you need to spend time with one another. It may not be possible for everyone to stay together all the time. But there can be at least one time of the day or week when all of you can sit together at dinnertime or lunchtime to chat casually with each other. For example, we try to make it a point to have dinner together every night, unless either of us have other plans, but this tradition instills family time and since our autistic son has been a part of this tradition for many years, he looks forward to it every night. So that we can discuss what’s for dinner or whatever is going on each of our lives at that moment or whenever.
This is an important life skill, and you are able to keep each other close without hovering or smothering someone’s space. Building a relationship with each other as a family make you stronger.
Interdependence is a must to create the ideal family unit. Although you need to be together more often than not, it is very important that every member of the family is given due privacy and breathing space, especially family members that are special needs and are trying to navigate life skills and communication as well.
This will result in a better atmosphere in the family and of course bring everyone that much closer together, having more confidence and lots of unconditional love. These factors add life and zest to family life.
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Mandu Usoro is a lifestyle blogger, freelance writer, experienced homeschooler and US Army Veteran with a BS Degree in Social Work and AA Degrees in Psychology as well as Health Care Administration. She enjoys spending time with her family, advocating for her special needs son and writing for fun and inspiration. You can get in touch with her on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and at https://www.homeschoolspecneedstidbits.com/contact-us
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