What is a Family? What does Family mean to you?FAMILY: The basic unit of society *Promoting healthy families contributes to a healthy society.A Healthy Family:• Freely expresses mutual love & respect• Members communicate effectively with one another• Provide support, protection, & encouragement
Family Life & Your Health Triangle Family members nurture and support one another. They contribute to a sense of belonging Mental/Emotional Health and a feeling of security. The Family provides food, clothing, and shelter to its members. Family members also promote healthful behaviors and safety skills. Social Health Physical HealthThe family helps itsmembers developcommunication skillsand the ability to getalong with others.
VOCABULARY• Nuclear Family: Consists of a mother and father and their child or children living together in one household.• Extended Family: Your immediate family and other relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.• Sibling: A brother or sister.• Affirmation: Positive feedback that helps others feel appreciated and supported. • Divorce: A legal agreement to end a marriage.
MORE VOCAB• Adoption: The legal process by which parents take another person’s child into their family to be raised as their own.• Blended Family: Consists of a biological parent, a stepparent, and the children of one or both parents.• Foster Family: A family in which an adult or couple provides care and a temporary home for children whose biological parents are unable to care for them.• Socialization: The process of teaching children to behave in a way that is acceptable to the family and to society.
MORE MORE VOCAB• Compatibility: The ability to exist in harmony with another person.• Relationship: A meaningful association between people, such as friends or members of one’s family.• Compromise: An agreement in which each party gives up something.• Empathy: The ability to understand how another person feels. • Cooperation: The act of working together for a common goal or purpose.
How To Strengthen Family Relationships• Demonstrate care & love• Show support, especially during difficult times• Demonstrate trust• Express commitment• Be responsible• Spend time together• Respect individuality• Work together to solve problems• Be sensitive to others’ needs
W Are F hy amily M ealtimes Important?•Children who do not eat dinner with their families are 61% more likely to use alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs. By contrast,children who eat dinner with their families every night of theweek are 20% less likely to drink, smoke, or use illegal drugs.•Teens who eat frequent family dinners are less likely than otherteens to have sex at young ages, get into fights, or besuspended from school, and they are at lower risk forthoughts of suicide.•By eating with your children, it is more likely that they will eathealthier foods and more balanced meals.•Dining together is a chance for parents and children to talk with one another.