2 The Nature of FamilyFamily- A group of people who are related by adoption, blood, or marriage, and are committed to each other.Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and even babysitters are the child’s first teachers.They teach the child about being human, about their values, and about whether or not others are to be loved and trusted.Years later, early family experiences still affect most people’s outlooks on themselves and on the world.A child with a supportive, trusting, loving family, often grows up secure with a secure sense of belonging and acceptance.
3 Types of FamiliesStepfamily- A family created through remarriage after the death or divorce of a spouse. Include one biological/adoptive parent and one stepparent, along with any children.Extended family- grandparents, aunt, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.Foster family- a family formed by the government when they place a child in temporary care of the adults.Married couples- two married adults.
4 Types of FamiliesNontraditional family- A group of people who live together.Nuclear family- A mom & dad and their natural and adopted children.Single parent family- One parent and natural and adoptive children.
5 The Benefits of FamilyFamily identity- a unique sense of belonging together as a unit.Our families provide us with our cultural heritage and traditions. They teach values to the younger generations.Meet needs through:AffectionFoodClothingSafetySecurityShelterFamilies also meet the human need for belonging. We need our families, and our families need us.
6 Family Identity and Values Family identity- wishing each other goodnight, joining together at mealtime.Celebrating special occasions and cultural traditions together.Learning compromise and realizing that your actions affect the family just as the actions of the family affect you.Sometimes, parents formally teach values to their children. They sit down and talk of the rules.Children learn values from many sources such as school, peers, magazines, television, and Internet websites.
7 The Stages and Goals of a Family Couple without children: creating a family- Develop trust in each other.Family bearing children and rearing newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers- Develop independence and self-direction in children.Family with school children- Develop children in a sense of industry so they can work with effort.Family with adolescent children- Guide adolescent role development, assist in identity.
8 The Stages and Goals of a Family Family with young adults at home or leaving home- Maintain relationships with children who leave, renew the couple’s relationships.Couple without children, moving toward retirement; grandparenting- Share talents and resources with others, take pride in accomplishments.Aging couple; widows and widowers; grandparenting- Maintain satisfaction with life; enjoy fulfillment and serenity.Remember that is not the destination that brings the most enjoyment, but the journey that ultimately brings the most happiness in our lives.
9 Trust and HonestyHow can I get my parents to trust me? In truth, most parents want to trust teens. Parents want to think of their children as honest and trustworthy.Trust grows in direction proportion to a person’s honesty. People who are not entirely honest quickly lose the trust of others.It’s difficult to know how to react to someone who hasn’t always been honest in the past. Intentionally hiding or changing the truth creates doubt and damages relationships.
10 Spending Time Together Relationships just don’t happen. They take time and commitment, and energy to develop and maintain.You must share ideas, enjoy activities together, seek each other’s help and wisdom.Finding a good balance between obligations and family is important.TV is not family time. It is a solitary activity and the person is ignoring everyone else and paying attention to the program.
11 Getting Along with Siblings Sibling rivalry- competition among sisters and brothers, often for the attention or affection of parents.Psychologists who study conflicts between siblings say that friction is normal between brothers and sisters.Brothers and sisters should expect that parents will show different levels of affection to each of their children at times.That doesn’t mean the parent favor one child over another.
12 Communicating Effectively The secret to communicating effectively is to use an assertive communication style.Teens and parents often disagree about house rules, chores, and curfews. It is normal to discuss the details and agreements to make arrangements fit changing circumstances.The more you try to meet another person’s needs, that person is likely to try and meet your needs.Take a deep breath, think about what you are going to say, and discuss the situation clearly and calmly.