A family (DeFrain, et. al., n.d.) is the basic, foundational social unit in human society. It is the most intimate social structure because it is the formative years of the children's process of socialization and teachings on survival and thriving in the world. Ultimately, the children acquire physical and communal support from their family, as well as, strengthen their emotional intelligence.
Nuclear families (father, mother and children) and, for some cultures, extended families (grandparents, uncle and aunts) are considered a norm in society. However, with the rapid evolution of family dynamics, the nuclear and extended families are no longer the norm. Due to employment, inter-marriages or other various reasons for the fast changing family unit, what remains vital is to create a harmonious, ‘strong, positive bond’ (Markham, 2015) among family members. It is, indeed, within the family unit the core values and beliefs are developed in order for children to become truly happy and confident individuals.
Whether you come from a family of ‘single parent, step, grandparent’ (Buskirk, 2017), ‘migrant, immigrant, gay or lesbian, foster, conditionally separated, blended, bi-racial, or adoptive’ (Edwards, 2009), your children need ‘structure and rules to acquire good habits that will last into adulthood’ (Obama, cited Buskirk, 2017). Especially in the fast-paced modern society that we live in, your family matters. Regardless of the type of family unit you have, children will need their parental guidance throughout their childhood and early adolescent life to achieve inner peace and to be successful in later life.
When adults seek help for their child’s challenges, it does not mean they are incompetent parents. The child may just require extra support in the areas of building self-esteem, being resilient, making good decisions, sustaining harmonious relationships or regulating emotions that are beyond one's parenting ability.
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DeFrain, J. et. al. (n.d.). Creating a Strong Family: Why are Families So Important. NebGuide. Retrieved May, 2020 from http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/g1890.pdf
Edwards, J. (2009). The Many Kinds of Family Structures in our Communities. Anti-bias Education for Children and Ourselves. Retrieved May, 2020 from https://www.scoe.org/files/ccpc-family-structures.pdf
Markham, L. (2015). Calm Parents, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life. London, UK: Vermilion.
Von Buskirk, W. (2017). Family Structure: Its Importance and How to Create It. Metro Parent: for Southeast Michigan. Retrieved May, 2020 from https://www.metroparent.com/daily/parenting/parenting-issues-tips/family-structure-its-importance-and-how-to-create-it/