What Connects a Family


Building Trust within the Family

Journalist and author Tim Lott and his 9-year-old daughter Louise often argue nightly. The cause of their arguments is her habit of leaving dinner unfinished and then secretly eating snacks she’s hidden in her room, despite promising not to eat anything until the next day. Lott fears that he’s unable to build a trustful relationship with Louise because she easily lies, and he worries this behavior might also harm her social relationships in the future.

Having mutual trust during enjoyable family times is crucial. Trust allows family members to believe in each other’s words and have clear expectations of their actions. So, how can a parent-child trust relationship be built?

One way is for parents to practice what they preach. By doing so, they demonstrate an effort to uphold their own words and actions. In Lott’s case, promising his daughter that she can have a reasonable amount of snacks if she tells the truth, and then following through, might teach the importance of honesty.

Additionally, frequent communication is essential. By increasing everyday casual conversations, misunderstandings can be reduced, aiding in the development of trust.

While trust may be a marker of an ideal family image, the concept of “what a family should be” is becoming more diverse. In this newsletter, we explore various “family styles,” reflecting a multifaceted perspective on the ideal family image.

You have to trust your children (the Guardian)

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