You have a scheduled, predictable time to gather with your family for fun.
You have discussed family rules and consequences and evaluate the appropriateness of these rules every six months or so.
You tuck your young child into bed each night you are home or spend time with older kids.
You eat at least one meal together most days.
Put-downs and mean-spirited teasing are not allowed in your home.
You have laughed together at least once this week.
You listen to each other with respect even when you disagree.
You usually know what your child worries about.
You talk about your family traditions, history, and ancestors.
You have predictable opportunities for each family member to be heard--casual discussions, family meetings, a family journal, car conversations.
You know your child's favorite song, music group, or sports team.