It’s no secret that the family is the foundation of society. While numerous institutions are essential to our society’s future, nothing could replace the security and stability that a family can provide.
While every family is different—some being more stable and secure than others—it’s hard to ignore the family’s impact on an individual’s growth.
Families come in many shapes and sizes; some come with both parents present, others with only a single parent, and some have extended relatives that may act as parental figures. Whatever family structure is present, humans cannot live alone as soon as they are born. The need for familial ties is an innate need for everyone. The family also serves as a foundation in these ways:
1. Family dynamics shape a person’s future relationship.
Ideally, the family should be every child’s first source of affection and encouragement. It is a safety net and the mold in which a child models their future role as a member of society. When a child is raised in a loving and caring family, they will learn to repeat the same patterns of behavior and values as soon as they leave the nest and start their own families.
2. Children learn values and essential life lessons from family.
The family is a home where a child learns life’s most important lessons. These lessons come with values that act as guidelines that help shape a person’s attitudes and behaviors. Children start understanding what it means to be a “productive member of society” by observing and modeling their parents. If neglected or left to fend for themselves, they may model behaviors from another person instead.
3. A healthy family is the backbone of a healthy society.
A society cannot function without a family. Human society requires socialization, and the family is the first and most significant unit where children learn how to socialize. When a child grows up unable to socialize with others or take care of themselves, they become vulnerable to dangers outside their comfort.
4. A family provides a person with a sense of belonging.
Human beings need to socialize because they need to feel that they belong. This sense of belongingness is what creates our ties to each other. When we create a bond and foster a unique dynamic, we develop something bigger and better than ourselves. Families help people find a sense of belonging while reminding them of one simple fact: They are never alone.
Takeaway: A healthy family is the cornerstone of any thriving society. Without families, individuals would feel lost, unappreciated, and vulnerable to the outside world. While the world is constantly changing, the strength of a person’s family can help them adjust to societal change without losing their sense of self.