A Focus on the Family bulletin had something interesting to say about traits of successful families. According to a study of more than 500 family counselors, below are the top traits of successful families.

Communicating and listening;

Affirming and supporting family members;

Respecting one another;

Developing a sense of trust;

Sharing time and responsibility;

Knowing right from wrong;

Having rituals and traditions;

Sharing a religious core; and

Respecting privacy

Giving serious attention to these traits may lead one to heed instruction found in the New Testament book of Luke. “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37) Do it, and then be hopeful that a successful family may be your reward!

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