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Healthy Family Characteristics

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Basic Family Member Rights

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The right to good will from each other

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The right to love, encouragement and emotional support

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The right to be heard and to be responded to with courtesy

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The right to have your own views and beliefs

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The right to have your feelings and experience acknowledged as real

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The right to live free from accusation, blame and criticism

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The right to live free of emotional and physical threat

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The right to live free of angry outbursts and rage

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The right to be called by no name that devalues you

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The right to be respectfully asked rather than ordered

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The right to receive a sincere apology for any jokes found offensive

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The right to clear and informative answers to questions that concern what is legitimately your business

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Basic Family Member Responsibilities

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To do one's fair, agreed upon chores, jobs and duties

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To be respectful, cooperative and there for one another

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To try, with good will, to resolve conflicts and misunderstandings

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To communicate honestly and fully (with "I statements"), sharing your thoughts, feelings, wants, etc. without imposing ("you statements", "you are...", "you should...", etc.) judgments, demands or abuse

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To be true to yourself and to support one another in growth

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Traits of a Healthy Family

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Each member communicates and listens

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Each appreciates and supports one another

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Each behaves with respect for one another

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There is a sense of basic trust in the family

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There is play and humor

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There is a sense of shared responsibility

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There are values of right and wrong

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There are family rituals and traditions

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There is a balance of interaction among members

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There is a shared spiritual core

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There is respect for each member's privacy and space

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There are values of helpfulness, service and cooperation

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There are family meals together, conversation and sharing

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There is shared leisure and recreation

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There is a willingness to admit problems and feelings and seek solutions