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What is the role of the family?

By Mormon.org

What is the role of the family?

The family is the most important social group in society. It’s also the most important influence in a child’s life. The family plays an essential role in a child’s education, in providing physical and emotional needs, and in giving moral guidance. 

Learning and Education Happen in a Family

One of the family’s primary roles within society is to promote an environment where kids can learn positive values, attitudes, behaviors, and lifelong skills. Parents need to teach their children to be accountable for their choices and need to be involved in their children’s education, teaching necessary life lessons and taking part in their children’s schooling. The values taught and practiced within a family can influence the choices family members make both inside and outside of their family for decades to come. 

Families Provide Protection and Material Support

As humans, we all have basic needs, such as shelter, food, and safety. When children are born and as they are growing up, they are heavily dependent on their parents and other family members to take care of them. God, who is the Heavenly Father of us all, has given us families to protect and provide for us.

Families Nurture, Love, and Give Emotional Support

We need food, clothing and shelter to survive, but people also have emotional needs. We long to be loved, understood, and supported. Ideally, a family includes people who love you unconditionally and support you, no matter what you do or what happens to you. Whether you’re a young child learning to ride a bike, a teenager trying to make it through your first breakup, or a young married adult with kids who’s just been laid off, you can find comfort from the love and emotional encouragement of your family.

A Family Provides Spiritual Guidance

God holds parents accountable to not only physically but to also spiritually provide for their children. Parents are expected to raise their children in both love and righteousness; these elements are central to the gospel of Jesus. Modern prophets and apostles have taught, “Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”).

The world we live in isn’t getting any better or easier. Parents need to spiritually guide their children to provide them with a moral compass so they know right from wrong, and they need to teach them about having faith and hope.

The Family Is Crucial in Society

The role of the family is essential in raising and educating children and in giving them the skills they need to build worthwhile relationships within and make meaningful contributions to society.

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