Monday I began a series about family. How a show from the 50s, Leave It To Beaver depicted positive attributes of a healthy and loving family that are as applicable today as they were then. In the Cleaver’s home
- family values were discussed and modeled. (All For One and One For All)
- roles and corresponding responsibilities were clearly defined.
- rewards for appropriate behavior and negative consequences for inappropriate behavior were dispensed impartially and lovingly.
- adults’ actions and words were complimentary, not contradictory.
- love was demonstrated by providing temporal possessions AND emotional support.
Clearly defining roles and corresponding responsibilities of each family member is vitally important. Enabling a family to be
- unified in time of need.
- flexible in its decision-making.
Provision of Physical Resources
Nurturance and Support
Life Skills Development (becoming a contributing member of society)
- social skills
Maintenance and Management of the Family System
- decision making
- handling family finances
- discipline and enforcement of behavioral standards
- maintenance of appropriate relationships with extended family, friends and neighbors
- regularly scheduled
- last no longer than an hour
- follow an agenda (prior to meeting encourage agenda item suggestions)
- rotate leading the council between parents and older children
- voice opinions and feelings without interruptions or fear of criticism
- set goals, distribute household chores, resolve family problems and celebrate one another’s successes
- Clearly define each family member’s role(s).
- Clearly identify the personal negative consequences of failing to fulfill the role AND the negative impact upon the family.
Allow for Flexibility
- Family roles will change over time and during times of crisis.
- Temporary or permanent shift in roles is to be anticipated and accepted.
Allocate Roles Fairly
- No one individual is overburdened.
- Consider age, mental maturity and physical strength when assigning roles.
It’s never too late to roll up your sleeves and begin building a healthy family. There may be growing pains but don’t quit. The long-term benefits for you, for those you love and for the world at large are infinite.
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Have a great day! Rita
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