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You can also show empathy for a family member who is feeling down to remind that person that he or she is loved. Show support, especially during difficult times. Whether the difficulty is something minor (such as getting a low grade on a quiz) or a traumatic experience (such as a death in the family), talking about your feelings can help you feel better. Remember to be a good listener when others want to talk. Demonstrate trust. Members of a healthy family trust one another. Parents earn their children’s trust by caring for them, being honest, and keeping promises. Children show that they can be trusted when they are honest, reliable, and loyal. Express commitment. Building a strong, healthy family requires commitment—the willingness to work together and make necessary sacrifices for the benefit of the entire family. Be responsible. Thinking before you act, avoiding risky behaviors, asking for permission, and being accountable for your actions demonstrate respect for yourself and family members. Affirmation sibling 278 Chapter 11 Family Relationships Affirming family members’ achievements demon- strates love and pride. How do you show family members that they are appreciated and supported? health.glencoe.com TOPIC Family Communication Go to health.glencoe.com for links to more information about family communication. ACTIVITY Using the infor- mation provided at these links, list three ways to im- prove family communication. Then write a short paragraph explaining which you think is most effective, and why.
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Spend time together. Eating meals together, playing games or sports, and planning fun activities and trips all contribute to strong family relationships. Respect individuality. Strong families have respect for each other. They accept individual tastes, talents, and opinions. Work together to solve problems. Healthy families try to identify and work out problems before they become serious. If necessary, they seek outside help to resolve their conflicts. Working together can also mean planning events together, such as having a surprise party, choosing a pet, or going on vacation. Be sensitive to others’ needs. Pay attention to how others feel. You can help relieve the stress of daily life by using good communication skills and helping with household tasks. Respecting the privacy of others is also a way to demonstrate sensitivity. Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary 1. List two ways that families help their members develop social health. 2. What is an extended family? 3. Why is it important for family members to give affirmation to one another? Thinking Critically 4. Analyzing. Explain how family roles and responsibilities influence health behaviors. 5. Synthesizing. Identify three traits of a healthy family. Describe the roles your immediate and extended family members play in promoting the health of your family.
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