The holidays are times of family events- both extended families, friends and your immediate family.
At this holiday season- here are some ways that families can stay strong:
- Write greetings (cards, social media) and stay in touch with family members
- Set traditions (spend time together– hot cocoa and a movie together, set cookies out for “Santa”)
- Show appreciation- let your family know they are appreciated.
Family is the central focus of FCCLA….. What does that mean? It is part of the creed, mission and purposes…. The Family is important to FCCLA because today’s students are the future leaders and members of tomorrow’s families, workplaces, and communities. They need to be able to act responsibly and productively to synthesize knowledge from multiple sources, to work cooperatively, and to apply the highest standards in all aspects of their lives. Family plays a very important role in our individual lives and in society and is widely recognized as the context in which its family helps us
- learn about relation to and caring for others,
- acquire attitudes about learning and work,
- build communication and reasoning skills,
- learn right from wrong,
- and form patterns of responsible citizenship.
Family members learn to work together within the family and with other families to improve conditions in the home, workplace, community, and world. How do families stay strong?
University of Nebraska researchers found six major qualities that contribute to family strength and happiness:
- Commitment: family members are dedicated to each other’s welfare and happiness. Their support is steady through good times and bad. They work as a team, lending a helping hand to each other.
- Appreciation: strong families frequently let each other know that each person is appreciated.
- Communication: strong families spend a lot of time in conversation and exchange information and ideas. They discuss small, trivial topics as well as deeper issues.
- Time together:quality and quantity time go hand in hand in developing strong relationships. Strong families also find a balance between togetherness and individual time.
- Spiritual wellness: strong families have a sense of a greater good or power in life. That belief gives them strength and purpose.
- Crisis and stress: when strong families suffer serious crisis and stress, they cry, get angry and are depressed, but they are not overwhelmed. They are able to see some good or opportunity for growth in crisis.