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STABLE FAMILIES PROMOTE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

It is important that we cherish those close to us

SOCIAL STABILITY STARTS WITH THE FAMILY

I view the family as a relatively permanent group of people related by ancestry, marriage, or adoption, who live together, form an economic unit, and take care of their young. This implies that a family is the basic social group united through bonds of kinship or marriage, present in all societies. Ideally, the family provides its members with protection, companionship, security, and socialization. I understand that the structure of the family and the needs that the family fulfills vary from society to society.

A loving family is essential for mental and physical health

A loving family is essential for mental and physical health

The original concept of sustainable development as applied by the UN referred to enduring means of economic sustenance that met the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Consequently, my conclusion is that sustainable development is not only an economic concept but also embraces a profound and fundamental ethical and human dimension.

Culture is an important aspect of sustainable development, as it refers to how we understand and appreciate natural resources and each other.

And it is from this perspective that I feel families come in, as the environment where ethical and cultural values are achieved inherently.

As basic and essential building blocks of societies, families have a crucial role in social development. They bear the primary responsibility for the education and socialization of children as well as instilling values of citizenship and belonging in society. Families provide material and non-material care and support to their members, from children to older persons or those suffering from illness, sheltering them from hardship to the maximum possible extent.

No society is possible without adequate socialization of its young. In most societies, the family is the major unit in which socialization happens.

Parents, siblings, and, if the family is extended rather than nuclear, other relatives all help to socialize children from the time they are born.

The family ideally serves several functions for society. It socializes children, provides practical and emotional support for its members, regulates sexual reproduction, and provides its members with a social identity.

The social identity it gives to its children does affect their life chances, but it also reinforces a society’s system of stratification. Because families pass along their wealth to their children, and because families differ greatly in the amount of wealth they have, the family helps reinforce existing inequality.

A family Outing

A family having fun outdoors.

All societies have norms governing with whom and how often a person should have sex. The family is the major unit for teaching these norms and the major unit through which sexual reproduction occurs. One reason for this is to ensure that infants have adequate emotional and practical care when they are born.

The incest taboo that most societies have, which prohibits sex between certain relatives, helps to minimize conflict within the family if sex occurred among its members and to establish social ties among different families and thus among society as a whole.

The family is ideally a major source of practical and emotional support for its members. It provides them food, clothing, shelter, and other essentials, and it also provides them love, comfort, help in times of emotional distress, and other types of intangible support that we all need.

At the most fundamental level, family structure and family process matter, evidence shows that outcomes for both children and adults are not equal regardless of family background and public policy should reflect this.

There is ample evidence that children growing up in healthy, married, two-parent families are more likely to lead happy, healthy, and successful lives than those who have not experienced the same level of family security and stability.

Those who build stable families have a higher life expectancy, and lower risks of mental illness, alcoholism, and domestic violence. Children from stable families show a lower infant mortality rate, lower risk of drug addiction, lower incidences of engaging in criminal activities after puberty, higher academic achievements, lower incidence of mental illnesses, and fewer teenage unwanted pregnancies.

A stable family is the lowest cost option for governments in that, members of stable families are more disciplined when it comes to fulfilling legal and social norms, contributing to financing social security.

 

 

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