After the Storm: Building a Strong Family
After the winds calm, the rains stop, and the waters recede, the loss from a natural disaster is obvious. Homes can be damaged, crops destroyed, jobs lost, and people killed. Stress is a normal reaction to any disaster. The stress associated with a disaster can lead to irritability, short tempers, anger, and confusion. Although these reactions are normal, they can cause problems within the family. You may have lost your home, your job, and your pets, but you do not want to lose your family as well.
Research indicates people with strong family bonds are likely to become responsible, productive citizens. To help strengthen your family, instead of destroying it, use these nine skills and attributes as building blocks: communication, contentment, shared history, humor, optimism, resiliency, self-esteem, spirituality, and unity.
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