A national survey of strong families conducted by the Human Development and Family Department at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln provided the following profile of a strong family: 

Appreciation. “Family members gave one another compliments and sincere demonstrations of approval. They tried to make the others feel appreciated.” 

Dealing with Crises. “They were willing to take a bad situation, see something positive in it, and focus on that.” 

Time. “In all areas of their lives—meals, work, recreation—they structured schedules to spend time together.” 

High Degree of Commitment. “Families promoted each person’s happiness and welfare, invested energy in each other, and made family the first priority.” 

Good Communication Patterns. “These families spent time talking with each other. They also listened well, which shows respect.” 

High Degree of Religious Orientation. “They considered themselves to be highly religious.”

“Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way. Proverbs 23:19

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