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Family Comes First: How You Can Quickly Become a Better Son and Brother

by Culture Team
31 Jul 2017 | 2:10 PM

We all want to be the best man for our girls, and there's no shame in that. After all, who doesn't want to have that one special girl that talks about you being the best boyfriend in the world? It doesn't just feel good; it's additional pogi points as well.

Having the woman of your dreams describe you as the perfect man is nice and all, but have you ever thought about being the best man in the lives of your family members? Have you ever thought about being the best son for your parents, and the best brother to your siblings?

Earning pogi points starts at the home front. Family is the main relationship you should care about today.

Family First - Fostering a Better Relationship with Your Family

Your parents and the rest of your family have contributed significantly to who you are today, but we're given the free will to develop into our own as an individual. They know that, but no matter how much we grow up, it's important to never lose the connection you have with your family. Admittedly, it's easy to grow distant from family as we get older, but there are some simple ways to maintain strong familial relationships.

Let's start with the most important people in our lives - our parents:

  • Spare some time to talk. You don't need to take your parents out on a date (although they'll love that, you know) to foster or reestablish your relationship with them. Simply make the time to talk to them regularly. Whether it's on a steady Sunday afternoon as you lounge on the sofa or at the dinner table once a week, talk to them as you would with your friend. Tell them how school is going or share stories from the office. Be the first to break the ice.
  • Treat them out! This is especially important for the working fellas out there. Your parents will absolutely love the idea of you paying for the bill the next time you go out for dinner or simple pasalubong when you get home at the end of the day. Even a tiny gesture such as buying them pastries or whatever else will warm their heart. They gave you everything you ever wanted when you were little, and although they don't really expect anything in return, the thought is really what counts the most.
  • Remember to treat them with respect. Alright, guys, we know we're all getting older and we can talk back to our parents now, but don't be an ingrate. Always treat your parents with the level of respect they deserve. You may be a grown man now, but you're still their son and will always be.
Again, while our parents know that our lives are truly our own, they want to feel proud knowing they've raised us from the little kids we once were into grown men. This doesn't mean making sure you please them at every turn, it's just being the best son you can be for them

Being the Better Brother

Your brothers and sisters were your first best friends, and seeing as blood is thicker than water, you can always count on them to give you unconditional love and support when you need it the most. Admittedly, keeping your relationship strong with your siblings can either be easier or more difficult. However, there are some simple ways you can maintain a strong bond with them.
  • Take some time to hang out with them. We're sure your tropa or girlfriend will understand if you relegate a day or two to spend some quality time with your siblings. Admittedly, it's actually easier to hang out with your sisters and brothers since even though you're different from one another, you all have a shared like or interest. Find that common ground between you and your siblings and make your weekends a date with the fambam.
  • Help out whenever you can. This goes out for the big bros out there. Your baby brother or sister may not exactly be a baby anymore, but they still look up to you. They might not show it, but they'll love you even more if you spend some time with them to just help them with what they're going through. Whether it's difficult math homework or their own relationship problems, don't be a stranger to them and lend a helping hand.
  • Don't be a stranger to your older siblings. For some of us, ate or kuya is just like another parent in the family. Don't shy away from your older brothers or sisters; they can be easier to approach than our mom and dad, so it's important to maintain that level of trust. Don't be afraid to approach your older siblings if you're in need of a shoulder to lean on.  
Strengthening your family relationships may not always be easy. Not all of us have complete families, and some of us may not be in good terms with our parents or our siblings. Remember to never give up and take it one step at a time. While you may not be getting along with them, they're still your family and the unconditional love they have for you will never go away.

By taking time to do these little things with your family, you're not just becoming a better son or brother, you're also making your family better.