Family unity has to be worked at

Family unity is the backbone of any society and is a measure of how developed and happy the society is. But the question has always been how – and when – you develop this unity. With today’s fast paced life many parents are struggling with two jobs and often are too tired to spend quality time with their children.

It doesn’t always work passing on knowledge and wisdom to our children. Some kids don’t respond well to being told or shown what to do but instead they will respond when they feel the whole family is working together, to solve problems and resolve issues.

Raising a family can be very difficult, and it would be very unusual for any parent to claim they are an expert. Instead of trying to tell or show children what to do, a better strategy might be to convince the family that parents are learning too, and that if the whole family works together a positive outcome is far more likely.

Trust can be built when any group of people are struggling together towards a common goal. If a person is perceived by the group to have more knowledge or expertise, it can be difficult for the group to bond as the expert in the group may be considered to be holding back information, or not helping when they can.

The difference is clear when all members of a group – in this case a family – consider they are making an honest contribution towards solving a problem. If a six year old believes they are genuinely helping an adult, then the increase in the child’s confidence and self esteem would be increased enormously.

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