Forging Family Connectedness
Strong families feel connected. Like bonding between babies and parents, family connectedness helps each family member feel understood, wanted and heard. Family connectedness creates trusting, caring and consistent bonds between all family members.
At a recent conference of the World Health Organization, family connectedness was identified as one of the top five protective factors for youth well-being. Its positive effects last throughout life and help build resiliency – to sustain us, and our children, through good times and bad.
This Parenting Guide explores different ways to build connectedness in our families. We’ll explore the important issue of bonding through attachment and attunement, offering tips for enhancing each at different ages and stages of the first five years. To support families in building healthy connections – and to celebrate Screen-Free Week, April 29–May 5 – we offer ideas on examining the impact of tablets, phones and other “screens,” as well as easy daily ideas for being more closely connected to other family members.
Connectedness includes others, from extended family members and friends to communities. In celebration of Earth Day, this issue will offer ways for your family to connect to the natural world together. This issue will also include fun craft ideas for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, easy two-ingredient recipes to make with kids, and plenty of activity ideas and coupons for your family to use as you strengthen your connectedness.
Happy spring, from the First 5 LA family to yours!