The bond of family is a bond unlike any other. For 18 or so years, a child is tended and cared for by their parents, and they also live in close contact with their brothers and sisters. There has been so much research that links problems an individual might have in life to the relationship they have with their family – namely their parents.
People like to ignore the fact that this is true, but it’s a reality that is almost impossible to ignore. You might not have a great relationship with your family, but deep down you know that your personal well being suffers because of it. If that’s not a reality you’re willing to accept, here are 3 astonishing reasons why family is so important to your wellbeing as an individual:
They Set Examples for You
Your parents might be a great example for how to live life, and they might be a terrible example. No matter the precedent they set, the way that they live life affects the decisions you make and the way you feel about things.
The circumstances you’re around as a child shape your personality, the way you handle stress, the way you handle relationships, the way you see marriage, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you feel about everything else under the sun. If you have a lack of relationship with your family or they set terrible examples for you, your personal decisions reflect that. Bad decisions mean a less than healthy or happy life.
They Help You Cope
When you move out to try and figure out this thing called life all by yourself, it’s rare that a person would completely disconnect and never talk to their parents again. Unless of course, the relationship was toxic in the first place. Assuming the relationship is good and the time just came to move out, you’ll be calling your parents up for advice on how to deal with pressures of life more often than you think.
Whatever you’re going through an an individual, your family is going through it with you. You’re all interconnected and the support they offer in times of stress, hardship or joy are monumental in helping you get through.
They Make You Better
It might not feel like a reality, but it is. No matter what your family makes you feel or do, in the long run, they make you a better person. They teach you to love, they teach you to fight, they teach you to keep on when the going gets tough, and they know you at your best and at your worst. They see the giftings in you, and they push you to do what you need to do to be the best you can be. There is nothing more valuable than that.