Children grow to become more happy and confident adults when their families strive to be nurturing. Some of the characteristics of a nurturing family are where:
• People are listened to.
• People have relaxed faces and bodies.
• People look at each other.
• Respect is shown for all members of the family by each other.
• People touch each other and show affection.
• Members can get angry without hurting each other and without leaving each other.
• Parents are leaders and teachers rather than bosses.
• Parents behave the way they want their children to act.
• Parents correct their children without hurting them.
• Children are led firmly, but taught gently.
• Children are valued.
• Topics of all kinds are discussed openly and honestly.
• People can try new things and even make mistakes.
• Parents and children share activities and time together.
• Parents share their value system with their children every day.
Jane M. Chafin, LCSW, ACSW