When shit hits the fan (and it will for every family at some point or the other), does everybody in your family put their heads together to find a solution, or do all of you lose your heads and run around like headless chicken?
Twenty years from now, during the holidays, will the kids be making excuses at work so they can spend more time at the family get together, or will they be making excuses to you about work so they can escape the get together?
What makes some families strong and close-knit while others are dysfunctional? How can we make sure our families are in the first category and not the second?
As it turns out, at the core, every strong, close-knit family has the same set of uncompromisable rules that holds them together. Dysfunctional ones on the other hand… well, you know how that goes. To quote Leo Tolstoy –
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Before we can even start looking at these core rules however, we have to first tackle a very important question….