Many parents ask themselves this question, but there is no simple answer, since there can be such broad definitions of the term normal.
Still, there are several characteristics that are generally identified with a well-functioning family. Some include: support; love and caring for other family members; providing security and a sense of belonging; open communication; making each person within the family feel important, valued, respected and esteemed.
Here are some other qualities to consider when evaluating how well your own family is functioning.
– Is there ample humor and fun within your family, despite the very real demands of daily life?
– Does your family have rules that have been clearly stated and are evenly applied, yet are flexible and respond to new situations and – changes in the family?
– Are the family’s expectations of each person reasonable, realistic, mutually agreed upon and generally fulfilled?
– Do family members achieve most of their individual goals, and are their personal needs being met?
– Do parents and children have genuine respect for one another, demonstrating love, caring, trust, and concern, even when there are disagreements?
– Is your family able to mature and change without everyone getting upset or unhappy?