Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” – Stitch (Lilo & Stitch)
Regardless of whether right at this moment, you are near or apart from the ones you hold closest in your heart, the invisible bonds that connect you emotionally and spiritually to those particular people will always be there to connect you back.
Some bonds might be stretched thin as distance puts space between members of the family – but they never break.
Because it all comes down to this; A strong family is all that you need to fight all odds in life. The value of family bonding is immeasurable and important because our mental growth, well-being, and stability all depend on our family.
Each family is different. But all strong families have some common features. Check out the the Characteristics Of A Strong Family below to see what else you could include in building up your familial bonds that can withstand even the harshest weathers.
- Having good communication.
- A family that talks and listens to its every member encourages adults and children alike to have a say in the decision making, share their opinions, and facilitate the practise of openness in the family.
- Sharing a feeling of togetherness.
- Family members that share common beliefs and a sense of similarity yields psychological affirmation that will therefore foster the satisfaction of being together with like-minded people and feeling of being connected to each other.
- Leading by example.
- The elders follow what they teach the younger members of the family. The value system is set up by example; practise what you preach.
- Showing care and affection to every member.
- Each member of the family have kind words and actions for every member without bias. They accept you unconditionally but guide you on to the right path if you are deviating.
- Seeing all crisis situation as an opportunity to grow together.
- Strong families strive to see something positive in all circumstances, and how they can help each other to cope with adverse situations without getting overwhelmed.
While this might set the idea of how strong and supportive families are built up, it’s still important to remember, as said aptly by Marge Kennedy:
"In truth, a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love..."