Remember why families matter

The holidays mean family time, but family time should never really end. A refresher on why families matter, from an earlier post:

Why do families matter? Family Matters because families are the backbone of our society and provide structure to our lives.

I remember when, as a young child, I  first realized that each and every person is a part of one or more families. While traveling home on a train one winter evening, I gazed into the brightly lit windows of the homes we passed. Looking into each window, I was struck with the thought that each person, in every house, had a family of their very own just as I did! Each family was as important to that person as mine was to me! Wow!!!

Our past family relationships have helped to make each of us who we are as adults, and influence how we now treat our own children and other family members.

Whether it be your:

  • birth family
  • family of marriage
  • kinship family
  • step family
  • blended family
  • foster family
  • adoptive family
  • co-parenting family
  • chosen family

the health of your family relationships matter a lot! The type or structure of your family doesn’t really matter, as long as the relationships are safe, stable and respectful. Research suggests that children from safe, stable and respectful families do better in school and have healthier long-term social relationships, and that adults who are in happy marriages or committed relationships live longer.  Now, who doesn’t want that?

Cornell has some great classes and reading materials to help with healthy family relationships.  Check us out on the web at www.cce.cornell.edu/orange or call us at 344-1234.

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