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Vinod Chandrashekhar Dixit
15th May is celebrated as International Day of Families observed by the United Nations across the world. The day is commemorated to highlight the important affairs central to the welfare of families, such as health, education, gender equality, rights for children, and social inclusion among others.
Family is our foundation. It is through family that we learn our first interactions with the world. It teaches us how to love and be loved, how to offer and receive support and how to respect others while earning their respect. It provides the framework for our views of the world. The socially acceptable version of family is the people who are biologically related to you.
Family offers us a sense of security by showing that we have someone in our lives with whom we can share our worries, and so on. It also requires liability and mutual respect. It not only raises awareness about difficulties affecting families around the world, but it also serves as a reminder of the importance of family in society. Many of us wouldn’t be where we are now if we did not have good families.
Family is one of the most significant aspects of our presence. Family is a synonym for trust, comfort, love, care, happiness and belonging. Family is the relationship that we share from the moment we are born into this world. People that take care of us and help us grow are what we call family, and they become lifelines for us to live.
A family is made strong through a number of factors. The most important one is of course love. Most importantly, the things one learns from their family brings them closer. For instance, we learn how to deal with the world through our family first. Families teach us better communication. When we spend time with our families and love each other and communicate openly, we create a better future for ourselves. When we stay connected with our families, we learn to connect better with the world. People develop a value system inside their family structure in addition to life lessons.
In today’s world, the socialization function of the family has gained maximum focus as parents are more alert to the socialization function of their children. A family teaches the child normative behavior and introduces him to social norms, folkways, and mores. It is observed that with changing times and with the onset of modern education, families have significantly become smaller in size.
The age-old concept of joint families has become almost extinct. The need for individual opinion has caused the break-up of joint families. Smaller families have a more compact economic program as most of the time, both the man and a woman works to increase the family income.
Without a family we end up navigating the calms, the storms and the choppy waters of life all alone. Whether we love them or hate them, families are a very essential part of our lives. They play crucial roles in teaching us how to deal with the world. Without a family, an individual’s identity isn’t ever complete. One thing is clear that the importance of the family lies in its unconditional support for its members. Be it a joint family or a nuclear family.
(The author is a columnist and hails from Jodhpur Tekra Ahmedabad)

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