Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
A family is often called the basic unit of society. It is the structure within which children are raised , and values and customs are passed from generation to generation. The family is also the basic unit of social health because it is where a person first learns to relate to other people. A basic family consists of the father , mother and a child or children. If the relation between the family members are healthy, a child learns to love, respect, and get along with others, and to function as part of the group.
In a family, child can see that each person depends on the others in the group. One person’s actions can affect the action of everyone else in the family. Ideally, the child learns that lasting relationships must be based on mutual trust, caring, and support. People often use the relationships they observe and participate in at home as a model for other relationships. We often have observed that children from an abusive family background tend more prone toward their future development and are a constant threat to the society and for their own self being. It’s not generally they learn everything from inside the family, but major changes do occur within them if they have been more and more exposed to unrelated violence and difficulties during childhood.
Families are part of larger social units that influence what happens within families. For example a family often shares many of the traditions, values and views on relationships of its cultural group. The neighborhood a family lives in, can affect how much freedom children are given to explore the area beyond their home. Where a parent work can affect how much time the parent has to spend with his or her children, the major part of it brings drastic changes in the ultimate growth of the child.
Conclusion- a family is the epicenter of all moral values instated into a child from birth to adulthood, and continues to function as a major part in the future growth and development of the individual human being.
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