The favorite Ethiopian artist Tigist Girma’s entertaining interview with her children. Strong families help children feel safe and secure. Strong families have warmth and care, good communication, predictability, and strong connections to others outside the family. Looking after yourself is an important part of raising a strong family. Being connected to other people who care about them is important for children. Valuable connections include your extended family, friends, neighborhood, and community. Connections help children develop a strong sense of themselves. It gives them a stronger sense of their place in the family, as grandchildren or cousins, and within their community. Other important adults can be a support for the family when times are tough – for example if there’s a death in the family – or good fun when you celebrate birthdays. Volunteering or being involved with regular activities in your community can help your children develop a sense of identity. An example could be helping out with a local conservation group. Encourage your children to see their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. If they live far away, talk to them on the phone, write letters or emails, or make video calls. Get involved in a local community group or sports club. This allows your children to get to know new people and see community members working together.