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Ingredients that make families strong. Issues facing immigrant families, newcomer-families and how to deal with some of the challenges.

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Family

  1. 1. Family A Fortress of wellbeing
  2. 2. What is family <ul><li>Definition: The family is the basic unit of society. Unless this all-important building block is healthy and unified, society itself cannot be healthy and unified. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a microcosm of the world – its unity must be preserved if the unity and peace of our planet is to be realized. </li></ul><ul><li>Though most societies and cultures recognize the family as a necessary and fundamental unit, many changes are occurring to threaten its well-being and the happiness of its members. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>In every culture, families are disintegrating, fragmenting under pressure of economic and political upheavals and weakening in the face of moral and spiritual confusion. The conditions surrounding the family surround the nation. The happenings in the family are the happenings in the life of the nation. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The United Nations Year of the Family (1994) finds the institution of the family facing major crises. The view of the family as essential for the welfare of the individual and society is no longer universally and unhesitatingly accepted. Many valid concerns are raised about the past and present role of the family. In some quarters the very validity and usefulness of the family are being questioned. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Like the world as a whole, the family is in transition. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Types of family <ul><li>Two parent </li></ul><ul><li>Single parent </li></ul><ul><li>Same-sex parent </li></ul><ul><li>Blended families </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear family </li></ul><ul><li>Extended family </li></ul>
  7. 7. Purpose of Family <ul><li>Is to create and nurture a new generation. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Characteristics of a strong family <ul><li>Love </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul><ul><li>High moral values </li></ul><ul><li>Strong self of self </li></ul><ul><li>Giving </li></ul><ul><li>Helpful </li></ul><ul><li>Happy </li></ul><ul><li>Contentment </li></ul><ul><li>united </li></ul>
  9. 9. Threats to family <ul><li>Violence </li></ul><ul><li>Unfaithfulness </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of control of children </li></ul><ul><li>Children in difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural clashes </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptation </li></ul><ul><li>Culture shock </li></ul>
  10. 10. What makes a family strong <ul><li>Loving relationship between husband and wife </li></ul><ul><li>When parents love and respect each other the children will respect and love their parents even more and they will feel more secure and confident in their own lives </li></ul><ul><li>Harmony and cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Balance of rights and responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Rights of individuals in the family including the rights of our children must not be transgressed </li></ul>
  11. 11. Equality of men and women <ul><li>The atmosphere within a family and within the community as a whole should express. . . not arbitrary power, but the spirit of frank and loving consultation. </li></ul><ul><li>Dictators are never loved only feared </li></ul><ul><li>Loving consultations teach children that life is give and take and teach them flexibility – qualities that make them great leaders of tomorrow. </li></ul><ul><li>Role model for children </li></ul>
  12. 12. Parents are the first Educators of Children <ul><li>Importance of teaching/model values you want to see in your children: e.g </li></ul><ul><li>Trust, patience, respect, cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Nurture their spiritual, moral, physical, intellectual and psychological development to create a shield against the negative forces in society; </li></ul>
  13. 13. Challenges of Immigrant families <ul><li>Adjusting to life in a new country </li></ul><ul><li>Racism </li></ul><ul><li>Discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty through unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>Academic accreditation </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of status </li></ul><ul><li>Culture clashes </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of extended family supports </li></ul><ul><li>Family violence </li></ul><ul><li>Children used as interpreters for parents (loss of power for parents) </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Not being fluent in English or French </li></ul><ul><li>Pressure of unemployment/underemployment </li></ul><ul><li>feelings of cultural isolation and detachment from everything that's familiar </li></ul><ul><li>fears that children will assimilate rather than integrate and lose their family's culture and heritage family trauma caused by separation from extended family members, refugee camp experiences </li></ul>
  15. 15. Facts <ul><li>No culture condones child abuse/neglect – however what constitutes abuse is culturally constructed </li></ul><ul><li>Neglect means different things to different cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of child welfare authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Canadian parenting skills </li></ul><ul><li>Work schedules – both parents work </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Loss of community support </li></ul><ul><li>Financial stresses </li></ul><ul><li>Childcare, welfare </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of knowledge of Canadian laws </li></ul>
  17. 17. Conclusion <ul><li>Families are a fundamental part of creating a unified world society. The link between the family, the nation, and a world civilization, destined to come in time is inescapable: </li></ul><ul><li>Compare the nations of the world to the members of a family. A family is a nation in miniature. Simply enlarge the circle of the household and you have the nation. Enlarge the circle of nations and you have all humanity </li></ul>

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