WW #127: Why Is Family Important

Our modern lives as parents are so filled with the frantic back and forth to school, soccer practices, and to all sorts of other artistic and athletic activities and endeavors that we often forget to slow down and focus on the importance of family. I once heard someone say that families can have their issues and problems (and we all do) but that they remain a force.

The Importance of Family

Families help us to form our sense of place in the world, they solidify our identities and keep us grounded through the inevitable ups and downs that life brings. Family helps us to know who we are and from where we come so that we can go forth into the world with strength and conviction with a sense of what will bring us meaning.Time spent with family is worth every second.

Last spring, Marc’s mother Bea moved from Philadelphia into an assistant living facility outside of Washington, D.C. where her other son Michael lives with his kids. Although the ride there (almost four hours) proved trying, we were so delighted to have made the trip down yesterday to see Bea in her new happy home. Surrounded by friendly people and support, at 95, Bea is glowing with the happiness of having more consistent company, meals with friends, and fun things to do.

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You don’t teach your children morals and values by talking about them in the abstract. Rather, you teach them — in my view — by trying to do good yourself and involving your kids in the process. As simple as this may sound, spending time with grandparents and talking to your kids about the importance of grandparents can be a simple and concrete way to do this.

In Nana’s new apartment (housed within the lovely facility), Lachlan remarked on how similar he looked to his Dad at age 12!importance of familyHere’s the lineup. On the right stands Marc’s nephew Eric who recently graduated from college and is working at a video game company. He’s a talented artist and curious, bright young man. You then see Marielle, me, Marc, Lachlan, Bea, Annaliese, Beckett and Hedley. Behind us hangs a painting done by Marc’s Dad, a self-trained artist.importance of grandparentsElegantly dressed each day, Bea is considered one of the “best dressers” of the place. She’s made a lot of new friends. Many residents have led interesting lives rich with work and travel.teaching the importance of familyAs we spent time together as a family, we talked about the past and the future by way of our dreams. Eric and the kids shared what they might want to be; Bea discussed her life with Marc and Michael’s dad Herb and some of the adventures they had. Merely through seeing this strong, resilient 95 year old woman make her way through her day, the kids learned something invaluable about the stages of life.

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  • Natalie

    We recently had to put grandma in assisted living. It is a tough choice, but we want her to be safe.

  • Pat Ferro

    We had my dad with us until he was too much and he was put in assisted living. It was the safest place for him. I know it was a hard decision but the right one.

  • mami2jcn

    It’s very nice that your kids have grandparents and great-grandparents. My father has never wanted to know his grandchildren (I have 4 children and he’s never met them). I also have a living grandmother who is 96 and she never cared about me either….I knew her as a child but she was very cold towards me and never even once gave me a hug or a kind word. If you have loving relatives, cherish them!

    • Sorry to hear that, but great advice! Really important to appreciate the loved ones you have!

  • Cheryl Chervitz

    Family should be the most important thing to people. I am so glad that I have the family I do.

  • shannon fowler

    This is such a great post. i had such amazing grandparents, and i really am so happy we got to have time with them. As for teaching values I think its lead by example and also as they get older to have conversations about what they find important

    • Thanks so much, Shannon! I completely agree with your thoughts on teaching values – leading by example and communication are very key!

  • Barbara

    Great article. You are blessed that they are able to be together and visit.

  • rickel bart

    what a great read

  • Becky Kinard

    I totally agree with you. Nothing is more important than family. I was fortunate and have had wonderful parents and grandparents who all made me the person I am today. I have tried to instill those same morals and values in my kids and most of all shower them with love. Your family is beautiful.

    • Completely agree! And thank you so much, Becky!

  • Hurdler4eva

    Great reminder to us all to cherish our family 🙂

  • Sandy Klocinski

    Having lost my husband a year ago, I understand the importance of cherishing family. Family is the most important thing. I think we must all lead our children by example

    • Very sorry for your loss, Sandy. It’s so important to remember to cherish and not take family for granted!

  • Julie Lynn

    I love my family! I’m actually having my family over tomorrow to spend time with them!

    • Hope you have a great time, Julie!

  • slehan

    Family time is important time.
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  • kathypease

    My family is the most important thing in my life..They keep me going 🙂

  • Linda G.

    we moved to another state so we could be closer to family.We love our family time together!

    • We treasure family time! It is the best!

  • susan1215

    Yes, spending time is so important.

  • Ed

    We start with the courtesy of “please” and “thank you”.

  • rosannepm

    I believe they learn by what they see. They follow by example Rosanne

  • Leela

    Family is the most important thing.

  • Buddy Garrett

    When I was growing up every week uncles and aunts and cousins would visit. Sadly that doesn’t happen anymore. I wish I had spent more time with my grandparents. Our daughter has been researching our family history. It is really interesting to see past relatives. She has traced our male line back to the Vikings. I would never have guessed.

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