Oxford languages dictionary describes a family as a group of one or more parents and their children living together as a unit. In some instances, a family comprises more people than parents and their children. For example, it may include blood relatives like grandparents, uncles, aunties, cousins, or nieces, living together as a unit.

Family is more than blood ties. It is a sense of connection, belonging, and homeliness. Whoever invokes such feelings in us becomes family to us.

Communication is central to nurturing and maintaining the family bond. It is why a family should always convene and talk, confer and discuss matters of import to them. Topics and matter may be broached to solicit advice, solution and understanding among members.

Talking as a family can help resolve any grievances and resentment among members. In a free, comfortable, and open discussion, family members can feel safe and brave enough to air out their hurt feelings. Members can then help each other find healing and re-knit their bonding. It also promotes the mental health of family members.

Family discussions inspire members to align their needs and goals to the family vision. The head of the family can share the tasks, responsibilities, and requirements to realising this vision with the members instead of shouldering it alone. Also, members become more understanding, patient, and supportive when focusing on achieving the same things. Ultimately, the family can develop socially and economically.

Cordial gatherings are hotspots for simulating, developing, and sharing ideas. When many people discuss the same thing, it results in multiple viewpoints that consolidate into different ideas. They provide options and approaches that help solve family problems and contribute to its progress and development.

Whenever family members speak out their thinking during family meetings, they become more confident and expressive. It spills into their lifestyles outside of the home and breeds eloquent speakers.

Family meetings strengthen the intimacy between family members. When people experience together fears, anxieties, pain, joy, and rewards, they draw closer. The shared feelings are the sparks that re-ignite this intimacy time and again.

When family members discuss and participate in defining ground rules and moral expectations for all members, they adhere to them quickly. Rules and expectations that consider everyone’s perspectives and feelings are less likely to feel oppressive or limiting. As a result, family members won’t feel the need to rebel.

The world revolves so fast; we can hardly catch a moment’s breath. However, even as daily life demands tear at our heels, we have to slow down. We have to make time to sit with our families and talk. They are as invaluable as the time we’ll spend with them.

Juliet Valentine N.


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