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Fortifying the Family Structure for the Benefit of the Greater Community

Submitted by Jess Walter on October 31, 2017 - 2:21am

Strong families are the building blocks of strong communities. The bonds between husband and wife, parents and their children and even siblings are so deeply rooted in our history that we often take them for granted until such a day comes that this bond disintegrates. There is simply no replacement for the manner in which the family institution creates and develops human relationships. Family is no longer something that is simply granted to us. Raising a family is a challenge and failing to do so not only impacts the individual family unite but the success and future of the community as well.

Family and community structures are evolving. Technology has made it possible for adults to engage in profitable work-from-home initiatives, or telecommute for an employer,  allowing them more time with their families. According to Monster Canada, more than 5,000 home-based employment positions were listed on its website in May 2016, an increase of 18% from the previous year. Positions available vary from customer service and sales reps to tech support, real estate services and content writers. While there is no disputing the financial benefits of working from home there is a more prevalent and more holistic benefit to it: the ability to spend more time with your family.

Find joy in simple things and do chores together

It is not always easy to find time to spend together as a whole family but creating routines can help. Look at your schedules and find time to engage in simple yet meaningful activities like telling jokes, reading stories or even singing together. If you are religious you can participate in Bible study or prayers together. Starting a vegetable garden as a family is both enjoyable and sustainable as doing a variety of chores together. If everyone pulls their weight, otherwise mundane tasks such as cleaning out the garage or attic can turn into a valuable family bonding session.

Eat breakfast together

Life and especially mornings can be very hectic as everyone scrambles to get ready for the day but breakfast is a simple way to eat and spend time together. Our lifestyles often force us to grab quick, impersonal meals, depriving us of the chance to spend time with our loved ones.  While you may have to adjust your family’s morning routine a bit it is fairly easy to incorporate a family breakfast at the start of the day, strengthening the domestic bond.

Make family evenings special

If you don’t yet have a family night, start one right away. You can vary the theme as often as you like. Popular family nights include a movie night, a takeaway night and a games night. Once again it is important to remember that these nights do not have to be expensive nor complicated. The only thing it has to be is fun and an opportunity to build a strong and resilient family unit that will, in turn, contribute towards fortifying a strong community.

It is important to remember that no one is born as merely an individual. We come into the world with a pre-existing system of bonds, relationships and responsibilities, both with regards to our family and community. By continuously forging strong bonds within our individual families we will promote strength and unity within our communities as well.