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