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15 Habits Guaranteed to Strengthen your Family Bonds (Updated 2020)

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Are you eager to find fun ways to strengthen your family bonds?

This is a huge challenge for parents today. Life is so busy and stressful – marathon to-do lists with work demands, kids hectic school and sports schedules, chores to maintain the home, social commitments – all combine to make family bonding difficult.

It gets 10x harder when your little darlings become teenagers. Staying connected then takes on the proportion of a complex unsolvable equation.

Social media and your teens need to hang out more with their friends than with the family also makes growing strong family bonds almost impossible.

So, just how do you find ways to strengthen your family relationships?

First, let’s take a look at why you should value your family.

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In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Ever gulped an ice-cold drink on a raging hot day? You know how it soothes the dryness of your throat and mouth? How it acts almost like a balm of comfort? 

Being part of a loving family is just like that. It gives you:

  • A sense of belonging and identity
  • A safety net to catch you in times of trouble
  • A strong value system
  • Support and encouragement in all that you do
  • Acceptance as you are warts and all

Here are a few amazing books to read to help you become a more enlightened parent:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

The Conscious Parent

The Awakened Family


So just how do you nurture and nourish your family bonds?

This post gives you 15 simple habits to strengthen your family relationships.

Ready? Let’s dive right in.


If you’re in need of a fun quick fix on how to strengthen family bonds,  the answer lies in creating a family vision board.

A family vision board is a visual portrayal of your family’s goals and dreams. Call a family meeting and start gathering the supplies, pictures, quotes, inspiring messages, photos, symbols, lines from songs and mementoes.

Then get creative with arranging everything on poster board to be hung up on the living room or kitchen wall.

To create a family vision board which pops and commands your attention on a daily basis, you need to have a range of art, craft and design supplies on hand.

These Amazon products are just perfect to help you come up with an awesome family vision board that speaks to the heart of your whole family.

I like to use the glitter motifs to liven up a single action word. The glitter washi tape makes a great divider in your vision board. 

 Color Glitter Items

Paint Brushes Set

Glitter Washi Tape

Poster board is often used for vision boards but you can also frame yours in really trendy frames to add to your decor. Here are some Amazon finds for you to consider:


The family vision board inspires you to visualize your family goals every time you see it. This, in turn, urges you on a day to day basis to strive to make those dreams and goals a reality.

The simple act of creating a family vision board together evokes:

  • Love
  • Loyalty
  • Unity
  • Commitment

A family vision board is a powerful tool to secure lasting bonds with your kids.


Start a unique family tradition of creating a family motto.

Ever heard ‘The family that prays together stays together’ ’? That is an example of a motto.

A family motto is a great way to make your kids feel that they are part of an exclusive club with inside jokes and rules only you know. It definitely builds family loyalty and unity.

Get together as a family and brainstorm a short catchy slogan that sums up your family ideals. gives the following examples:
• United and growing
• Family always
• United we stand

A family motto is a great way to strengthen family bonds.

fathers and sons -at the beach, playing softball and basketball


Here’s the thing – you have the family vision board which looks delightful in its rustic frame.

You need to now create a positive vibe in your home not win a photoshoot with House magazine.

As a family, make a decor plan.

Poring over decor magazines or visiting home decor stores to build the right look for your home presents a unique bonding opportunity for your family.

• Choose  calming colours for paint and furnishings

• Personalize  with family pictures and the kids’ drawings

Plant a garden of perennials that flower throughout the year

• Decorate bedrooms to suit  the personality of each child

Add to your family memory bank as you work together to make your home a zone of peace and beauty.

Sounds good so far, doesn’t it?


The family vision board and the serene atmosphere in the home makes you feel good, doesn’t it?

But all this would be in vain if your home is a war zone. If there is resentment and anger in your interaction with one another. If all of you scream and shout and rant and rave.

Rock-solid relationships are often dependent on the quality of communication with one another.

Strengthen family relationships with active listening i


During family discussions:
• Practice active listening
• Make eye contact
• Don’t check Emails or Facebook
• Allow for other viewpoints 
• Give support and encouragement
• Show love and affection

Of course, there will be times of trouble and conflict. But these should be infrequent rather than the norm.

The goal is to have a home rich in love, understanding and kindness. A home you look forward to coming to all day while at work or school.

Develop the idea in your kids that home is a place of fun and happiness. That it’s ok to want to hang out at home with the family.



Strengthen family relationships by cooking dinner together


Is there chaos in your home come dinner – time?

Not enough time to cook so you resort to tasteless take – out?

If this is you, you’re missing out big time on a golden bonding opportunity.

World-famous British chef Jamie Oliver says:

I wholeheartedly believe that cooking is up there as one of the
most valuable skills you can teach a child, right alongside reading and writing.

Cooking the evening meal together as a family on daily basis models for your teen the importance of home and family life.

Your family is a team, and when you cook together a team effort is needed – from menu planning, buying ingredients, meal prep and marinades.

Here are a few simple recipe books to get started with family bonding in the kitchen.

As you chop and dice, stir and season, a camaraderie grows that makes your family a stronger unit. Family recipes are passed to the next generation and memories recalled of when particular dishes were made.

Cooking encourages:
•  a varied, healthy diet
•  understanding of good nutrition
•  skills such as planning and organization
•  interest in different cuisines
•  an adventurous palate

Why not use cooking the evening meal to connect with your teen?


It’s vital to develop a list of healthy habits for your family to follow.

Encourage a healthy diet, exercise and spending time outdoors from a young age. The benefits are immeasurable:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Ensures physical fitness
  • Wards off disease
  • Improves general well being
  • Encourages a positive mindset

Schedule family bonding activities every weekend. It can be as simple as a walk in the park or starting a new hobby like hiking or cycling. 

Family bonding is guaranteed in the hours spent outdoors free of tech devices and the lure of the internet.

For more information on how to create a list of good habits for your family to follow, check out this post.



Family meetings are an essential parenting tool to embrace. Think of them as a family date to organize life for the week ahead.

Family meetings give you an opportunity to connect at a fixed time. They are a great way to cheer successes and give support and encouragement for what did not go well.

The biggest bonus is that everyone gets the chance to air their views. If you have teens, you could discuss teen issues like curfews, dating and cell phone rules and much more.

Family meetings are also a chance to synchronize all the school, sports, work and social events for the week. Some busy moms even use family meetings to plan their menus for the week.

For more information on how to make family meetings work for you, check out Winning tactics for family meetings you need to know.


Growing family bonds by blowing bubbles


Family traditions serve multiple functions. They:

• Strengthen family bonds
• Teach values
• Give a sense of identity and belonging
• Offer stability and security

This is a game-changer for your family dynamics.

Together with your kids draw up a list of family traditions to follow. These are especially important if you’re raising teenagers.

It’s one way of making them realize that the family will always love, understand and support them no matter the issue.

Get started with themed days like a Movie day, Pizza night, Fun in the Park Sundays, Breakfast at the beach Saturdays.

It’s a good idea to start the habit of healthy lifestyle choices with outdoor family traditions too like a family walk after dinner.

You could also start simple traditions with each child. For example a late-night snack with your teen or a yoga workout with your middle schooler.

For more ideas on family traditions, read 10 Awesome family traditions to start right now.

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It takes time and effort to ensure a family functions efficiently.

Your teenagers may hate chores but this is a wonderful opportunity to empower rather than enable them.

Encourage everyone to do their chores at the same time so that it becomes a family bonding activity.

A great idea is to match chores to interests. For example, if your teen is a tech wiz, give him the job of finding the best deals for your weekly shop and to order them online.

Chores teach responsibility and discipline and are a winning way to learn essential life skills to manage a home.


The Washington Post states in this article that

sitting down for a nightly meal is great for the brain, the body and the spirit.

The family evening meal is important. It is a special time when you get to share the highs and lows of your day with one another. It reinforces the feeling of belonging.

But life is busy and you may find it difficult to have dinner together every day. Shift your family meal to breakfast or make afternoon tea your special mealtime.

If you can only have family meals together at the weekends, do it but make family meals not negotiable. The benefits of family meals are too numerous to ignore.

Children who have regular family meals:
• learn good manners
• extend their vocabulary
• have good conversation skills
• eat healthily and are unlikely to have weight issues.

Family meals help to create confident kids who excel at school and are emotionally well adjusted.

Teenagers are also less likely to take to risky behaviours like drinking and drugging.


Rev the excitement factor with something your family has not ever done.

One way is to go exploring.

You’ve all seen them –  tourists rubber-stamped with sunglasses, camera, behind a tour guide chattering excitedly and smiling broadly as they visit a tourist spot in your city.

Why not copy them? Start small and local. Be a tourist for a day and get to know the history and attractions of your city. Visit your local tourist centre and pick up maps and brochures. Then have a family meeting and plan a day visiting local interesting spots.

Then visit neighboring cities and states and eventually try an overseas holiday.

What’s in it for you and your family?
• Shared pleasure and enjoyment
• The satisfaction of  family bonding
• Meeting new people

It gives you as a parent a unique view of your teen’s strengths and weaknesses.

For example, you may find out that your teen’s tech ability gets you from one tourist spot to the next without getting lost.

Or that he is sociable and not shy. That all he had to do was ask, ‘ Where are you from?  ’ to get a conversation going.

You may decide after being a tourist for a day to plan a road trip or a vacation overseas.

Worth a try with your family, don’t you think? Think about the boost for the 
memory bank and just go for it.


This is one of the most important ways to grow strong family bonds. Place emphasis on doing simple things to have fun together.

But kids being kids love to outside so find fun outdoor activities to do. Flying a kite, for example, has many advantages.

Create a calendar of fun activities you can do together. So everyone knows what’s in store for them. So they know Sundays are for a cookout and they look forward to it.

Have a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, so if bad weather calls the family picnic in the park off, you can swap it for a tea party or board games.

If you need inspiration for fun family activities, you can get them here.


Nothing encourages personal values better than volunteering as a family. It builds identity and belonging right off the bat.

Your kids get to see you in a new environment so they get the chance to appraise your strengths and weaknesses.

Similarly, you see how sociable little Johnny is or how good Betty is with babies. Be selective about volunteering as you don’t want the kids to feel it’s one more chore they have to do.

Start with their interests. So if they love animals, volunteer at an animal clinic. If they are tech-savvy, help to teach non-techy people about their devices.

You will see your kids grow in empathy, kindness and generosity to name a just a few values.


There’s so much stress and difficulties in life today. A great idea is to build more laughter into every day.

Brainstorm the times in the day when everyone needs some comic relief and come up with a laughter list.

Some ideas to get the giggles going:

  • One-liners at breakfast
  • When dinner is being prepared

Funny YouTube videos after dinner

This is sure to add to the sense of identity and belonging unique to your family.



Do you see Aunt Mary or cousin Ben only at the annual Christmas party? I’m sure your kids get grouchy with these once-a-year relatives.

This is due to the hectic pace of your life today. We’re too busy to reach out to anyone but those in our immediate families.

Why not change things around so your kids can grow up with a spider web of loving support and encouragement from a loving community.

Stay with me, now.

You need to weave a strong rope from the current feeble threads. Build a close-knit group of family members, close friends and neighbours by starting a few simple traditions:

  • Potluck meals
  • Team Quizzes
  • Game evenings
  • Movie nights
  • Sleepovers for big sporting events
  • Backyard barbecues

These events give you the opportunity to have fun and grow closer as a family. They make a wonderful addition to the memory bank.


So, it’s time to stop being a worrywart and take action.  

Give 100% to growing your family into a sturdy oak that can withstand the strongest of storms.

Follow this simple action plan to build rock-solid family bonds

Let’s recap:

–  Create a family motto
–  Make a family vision board 
–  Transform your home into a haven
–  Communicate effectively
–  Develop healthy lifestyle habits
–  Have regular family meetings
–  Do family volunteering
–  Do chores together
–  Start new family traditions
–  Cook the evening meal together when you can
–  Eat dinner together daily as often as you can
–  Build an adventurous mindset
–  Spend quality family time together
–  Laugh together
–  Create a community

Do you have any tips to share on ways to strengthen family relationships?

Let me know in the comments below.

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51 thoughts on “15 Habits Guaranteed to Strengthen your Family Bonds (Updated 2020)”

  1. Great tips Poovanesh! I love all of them especially, cooking together. I wholeheartedly feel strong open communication and making the home a safe haven help a lot, as well as doing fun activities together.

  2. really nice suggestions I will do the vision board this weekend I thought of it before but this is def a reminder!! I will def also make a point of doing some of your other suggestions more often.

  3. I love the idea of a family vision board and family motto. Very unique and wonderful ideas. I have enjoyed reading it and can’t wait to apply it asap. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I so enjoyed reading this article about bonding with the family. Exceptional tips provided. It makes me want to turn back time and redo some things with my daughters who are now grown. We still enjoy our Sunday dinners which are very special. Having a ‘family motto’ is a great idea to brainstorm with one another and create! Well done. Thanks for sharing your great insights.

  5. What a great post! I think we need more of these focus on the family, build up your family & tribe blog posts! Gosh this was so helpful! While I don’t have tweens or teenagers yet, I am always looking for ways to establish routines that will help create a strong family bond amongst all of us. I might be a dreamer- but I feel like it can help to establish this early on and perhaps it yields great fruit once they are older? I hope so! thanks for the great article!

  6. Tracy @ Cleland Clan

    These are great tips! I especially like the ones about filling your home with family photos and artwork. I think it shows everyone that they are important parts of the family and helps them remember fun times.

  7. These are some awesome tips. I recently switched shifts at work to shape my kids’ days: first and last thing they see every day. I will implement these tips also

  8. Wow! I really enjoyed your article. I love all the secrets but I really like the idea of cooking dinner together. Trying to implement this in my house too. Thanks for sharing this

  9. I think we all struggle trying to be the “perfect” family, that we often forget about each other; there’s no such thing as a perfect family. Build a strong relationship with your family, and you’ll the strength in each other build up. Thank you for your beautiful post.

  10. These are great tips for strengthening your family’s relationship. I absolutely love the idea of creating a family vision board. Vision boards are such a valuable tool and can be used for so many different things. Creating a family vision board is a perfect way to spend the evening or afternoon bonding together.

    1. Absolutely Gwendolyn. Imagine if we start with Family Vision Boards when the kids are very young. They will grow up with the idea of having goals for themselves which will relate to all areas of their lives. I’m sure this will they make better students of them too.

  11. I love the idea of a family vision board! As a mom of three ages 2-11, I think all of these ideas are wonderful! One of my favorite things to do with our family is to get outside!
    Happy to see that listed here. Thank you for sharing!

    1. I agree that family vision boards are a brilliant idea for family goal setting. I also love the idea of turning it into a piece of art to be on display in your living room. Thank you for your kind words.

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