A. Basics.

This section deals with everything from the definition of a family to life expectancy of family members.   It presents interesting family relationships from the time Homo sapiens walked the earth, to Grecian, Egyptians, Inca, and the Roman Empire.  Religious beliefs formed sacred inter-family bonds.  The family sizes varied from 2.1 to 4.3 with the United States coming in at 3.1.  Fun celebrations are discussed in the link from the Navajo Nation having teenage athletic competitions to a cake shaped like a flower in France.  Changes in surnames is interesting changing from based on trades, birth origins, and physical features to the father’s last name for ease of tracking.  Life expectancy show that both men and women in a family live 17 years longer than their non-family counterparts.   Click on the link below for an interesting discussion of those topics with examples.

B. Family Relationships and Bonds.

This section delves into every aspect of a family.  Questions like: should I marry or will I make a good parent are addressed.   A quiz provides help with choosing the correct number of children.  Nature provides a majority of the critical duties in raising children.  Unfortunately how to handle children’s peer pressure is not one of them.  The link discusses how to discover who are the bad apples and when to take action.  If you have a teenager and what some hints on how to avoid him driving under the influence, click on the link below. 

Mutual respect is extremely important in creating strong family bonds.  Three interactive examples are presented directed to how to handle a child’s potential drug use, sex under the bleachers, and a son who says, “I’m not going to college.” 

Most people do not understand that trust deals with perception and not facts or truth.  Children observe their parents in little lies that substantiate their own lying.  Keeping secrets inside and outside the family is discussed.  Privacy becomes more important when children reach the teenage years. 

Loyalty requires parents to stand-up for their children even when the child did something wrong.  The link discusses how it can be done without condoning what they did.  It is important not to divide loyalties between several children or allocating loyalty based on who did best in school. 

Lastly, the importance of Traditions is discussed from the wedding ceremony to family dinners and 14 others.

C. Work Ethic.

This trait is incredibly important to one’s health, success and well-being.  It is an isue missing in public education.  It is up to the family to create and develop it from the time the child begins to talk.  The link below discusses the elements of work ethics including: persistence, endurance, health, satisfaction, and punctuality.  The good news is that the work ethic trait once mastered lasts for the rest of your life, and it may be partially inherited.  The consensus is that work ethics is more valuable and important than IQ.