Love is the greatest principle to be learned in the family setting. If parents influence and direct and persevere with love, then members of the family will also make that principle a part of all they do.
Sometimes, though, it is difficult for parents to express love. It isn’t that they don’t love their family, it is only that they have a difficult time demonstrating their love openly. And because their love isn’t expressed in easily recognized ways, their family sometimes fail to appreciate their parents’ love and respond to it.
1. Set aside time to be together.
Personal relationships are strengthened through family reunions. It is good for any family to set aside a daily time, and on a weekly or even monthly basis to share time together and participate in recreational activities. In addition, we can share concerns, plans, or any positive thing that happens within the family.
2. Express feelings.
It is always good to share our feelings with individuals close to us. When these feelings are positive, they must be expressed frequently, such as saying “I love you,” “I admire you,” or “I miss you.” On the other hand, if the feelings are negative, you may need to take some time to reflect on them and express them clearly, directly with respect and tenderness.
- Physical touch
We have long known that physical touch is a way of communicating emotional love. Numerous research projects in the area of child development have made that conclusion: Babies who are held, stroked and kissed develop a healthier emotional life than those who are left for long periods of time without physical contact.
Physical touch is also a powerful vehicle for communicating marital love. Holding hands, kissing, embracing and sexual intercourse are all ways of communicating emotional love to one’s spouse. For some individuals, physical touch is their primary love language. Without it, they feel unloved. With it, their emotional tank is filled, and they feel secure in the love of their spouse.
Implicit love touches require little time but much thought, especially if physical touch is not your primary love language and if you did not grow up in a “touching family.” Sitting close to each other as you watch your favorite television program requires no additional time but may communicate your love loudly. Touching your spouse as you walk through the room where he/she is sitting takes only a moment. Touching each other when you leave the house and again when you return may involve only a brief kiss or hug but will speak volumes to your spouse.
3. Conduct a self-evaluation.
In many cases, we may think that we are right about having a disagreement with some family members. Nevertheless, leading a loving life requires casting aside the weaknesses we tend to see in other people and focusing on our own mistakes in order to change and become better people. A good idea to put this into practice is conducting a self-evaluation at least once a month in order to improve our attitude.
4. Put oneself in the other person’s place.
Whether the family circumstances are positive or negative, we must always think of the other person and how he or she is feeling in order to comprehend what they are going through and why they are acting in a certain way.
5. Find the good in everyone.
Developing love for others leads us to find love for ourselves, as well. This is one of the main reasons why we must demonstrate love toward our family members. Regardless the differences that set us apart, we can find the good in our relatives and show them kindness through our actions.
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