I think too many people don’t realize how important family is. Family is the single most important influence in a child’s life. From their first moments of life, children depend on parents and family to protect them and provide for their needs.
Healthy families produce people who make positive contributions to the community. Parents tend to get involved with their community more often than people living alone. What’s more, they teach their children at a young age that the only way they can control what kind of community they have is to contribute to it. When parents contribute to their community by donating money or needed supplies, they model an attitude of caring. They show their children that providing money, food, or supplies to the community helps to support it so it can serve everyone better.
One of the most important ways parents contribute to society is by educating their children. The learning doesn’t go just one way, either. Siblings may help each other with homework. Children may teach their parents about the latest technology. Children in families where another language is spoken at home may teach their parents the language of their new country and help them assimilate into this culture. In a healthy family, learning has a high priority, perhaps just after meeting basic needs.