Building A Strong And Trusting Family Culture
If you ask most people what is most important to them – they would say family. But in reality, how much time is actually invested in family time compared with getting ahead in life? Many of us work diligently in every area of life, yet, neglect the family aspect, it is analogous to straighten the chairs on the Titanic.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families’ workshop is an engaging, family-strengthening programbased on Stephen R. Covey’s No. 1 Bestsellers The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. Without any doubt, we are all fully aware of the turbulent times we live in. Strong families with healthy relationships don’t just happen, it’s not a case of being ‘lucky’. Building firm family relationships takes the combined energy, skill, desire, vision, and focus of each family member, as well as a framework for applying universal principles that enable family members to communicate their challenges and overcome them successfully together. This programme gives you the complete toolkit to build a great family culture with strong high trust relationships that are steeped in character and competence.
Take responsibility for your life and family culture. Stop reacting to people and events within your family. Start making enormous deposits in each other’s emotional bank accounts by validating, affirming and recognising each other as important human beings.
Define your family’s mission and highest goals. Get your entire family aligned towards a mutually agreeable destination. What kind of strength and abilities will your children need to have in order to be successful when grown up?
Don’t climb the ladder of success, and as you get near the top rung, realise that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall. The foundation must always put the family first. Weekly family times and one-onones are vital to our family needs.
Have an “everyone can win” attitude within your family. Embrace an attitude of abundance and search for third alternatives so that everyone feels valued.
The deepest need of each family member is to be understood, for understanding affirms the intrinsic worth of another. Not seeking to understand leads to judgement, rejection and manipulation. Empathic listening opens the doors to real bonding.
The cancers of any family are criticising, complaining, comparing and competing. The key to your family’s success is how your treat the child that tests you the most. Be a light, not a judge and learn to work together so that you can have a happy family that achieves more.
Create a family tradition and culture that focuses on continual learning so that you are nurturing character and future capacity. Get your family to take time to renew itself in the four key areas of life: physical, social, mental and spiritual.
● Become more effective in raising emotionally healthy and empowered children.
● Resolve differences in marriage and family relationships by creatively cooperating together.
● Employ the skills of empathic listening and build strong relationships through the teen years.
● Learn to discipline and motivate children effectively so that you build confidence.
● Establish a better work/life balance so that there is more family time.
--Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families