Family is a form of togetherness, support and love and doesn’t necessarily mean you’re related by genes. Family could be close friends, relatives or anyone who remains by your side throughout the trials of life.
How important is family? Let me tell you. When you are enduring the hardest of times, you should have at least one person you can turn to, trust and rely on for support. A family member will want what’s best for you and push you forward while holding you up to get there.
For children, having people in their lives that they consider family is the ultimate form of security. This will provide the foundation for a successful future. Even in the society we live in today made up of nuclear, single-parent, extended, blended, foster and adopted families, there is a sense of stability provided from the units.
“Families provide children with a sense of belonging and a unique identity. Families are, or should be, a source of emotional support and comfort, warmth and nurturing, protection and security. Family relationships provide children with a critical sense of being valued and with a vital network of historical linkages and social support. Within every healthy family there is a sense of reciprocity—a giving and taking of love and empathy by every family member.”
Not only does a family provide all of the immensely important ingredients for a secure being, but each member is a role model as well. How you behave, what you do for others and how you treat people serve as an ideal for a child to follow. We are responsible for showing each other how to live in a way that is right and satisfying. There is too much hostility amongst the members of our society and it needs to change. Family, regardless of relationship, provides a togetherness like no other.
“Families are much more than groups of individuals. They have their own goals and aspirations. They also are places where every child and adult should feel that he or she is special and be encouraged to pursue his or her own dreams; a place where everyone’s individuality is permitted to flourish. Although every family has conflicts, all the family members should feel as though they can express themselves openly, share their feelings, and have their opinions listened to with understanding. In fact, conflicts and disagreements are a normal part of family life and are important insofar as they permit people to communicate their differences and ventilate their feelings.
The family instructs children and gives guidance about personal values and social behavior. It instills discipline and helps them learn and internalize codes of conduct that will serve them for the rest of their lives. It helps them develop positive interpersonal relationships, and it provides an environment that encourages learning both in the home and at school. It gives children a sense of history and a secure base from which to grow and develop. Yet, as important as these functions are, they do not happen automatically. Every parent knows it takes hard work to keep the family going as an effective, adaptive, and functional unit.”
“The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come.” – Abraham Lincoln
Family members aren’t always blood related. They are people that love you and care about you. Regardless of relation, family members support and want what’s best for each other.
By showing children that they are not only loved and supported, but also part of a solid unit built on more than relationship alone, they will climb and stand firm on a foundation securing a successful future. This is a beautiful cycle.
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