Family is fundamental to the healthy development, growth, and socialization of children. They thrive on love, learning and human connections. Nature and nurture factors will both strongly impact a child’s outcome. The more love and support they have, the more confident, independent and loving they will be.
Children of intact families are generally surrounded by family members who are naturally encouraging their relationships with the rest of their family. Even if one parent works outside of the home or travels frequently, the children know they will return, they are talked about in their day-to-day lives, and they are likely surrounded by their pictures, possessions and presence in their home.
With separation, and two separate homes, parents need to make a more conscious effort to encourage their child’s relationship with their other parent and family members. Children need to know they are loved unconditionally, and they are allowed to love without restrictions or guilt. Teach your children the importance of family.
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox