Sandra J. Bailey
Research shows that successful single-parent families have the following
1. Parents accept the challenges presented to them as single parents and they are determined to do their best.
2. Single parents make parenting their first priority.
3. Discipline is consistent and democratic. Parents are neither permissive nor too
4. Parents emphasize open communication and expression of feelings.
5. Parents recognize the need to care for themselves.
6. Parents develop or maintain traditions and rituals for their families.
7. Parents become financially self-sufficient and independent.
8. Parents move forward with their lives in a positive manner.
9. Parents are successful in managing family time and activities.
The same characteristics that make single-parent families strong are found in strong families in general. In Secrets of Strong Families, John Defrain and Nick Stinnett identified six characteristics of strong families as follows:
1. Family members spend quality time with one another.
Find time to spend with your children each day.
2. Strong families are committed to one another.
3. Family members show each other appreciation.
4. Communication skills are good in strong families.
5. Crises and stress are viewed as opportunities for growth.
6. Family members value spirituality.
No family is perfect and there is no one right way to be a family. Think about what is important for your family. Assess your family and plan ways to strengthen it. Use the six characteristics of strong families as a guide.
Excerpted from http://singleparentsnetwork.com/Articles/Detailed/245.html