The healthy family …

  1. Communicates and listens
  2. Affirms and supports one another
  3. Teaches respect for others (parents and children)
  4. Develops a sense of trust
  5. Has a sense of play and humor
  6. Exhibits a sense of shared responsibility
  7. Teaches a sense of right and wrong
  8. Has a strong sense of family in which rituals and traditions abound
  9. Has a balance of interaction among members
  10. Has shared religious core
  11. Respects the privacy of one another
  12. Values service to others
  13. Fosters table time and conversation
  14. Shares leisure time
  15. Admits to and seeks help with problems

By Dolores Curran