While every family is different, characteristics of healthy family relationships include:1

  • Support, love, and caring for family members
  • Security and a sense of belonging
  • Open communication
  • Each person in the family feels important, valued, and respected

Healthy family relationships prepare children to cultivate healthy relationships with people outside their families, throughout the course of their lives.

In order to understand healthy relationships, your children must first understand what boundaries are, and how to set them, respect others’, and understand their purpose.

Go to Healthy Relationships: Understanding Boundaries

Or go to Healthy Relationships: Respecting Others

1. See Normal functioning family by American Academy of Pediatrics.