The Nature and purpose of family (Education (Catholic Church: parents 1st…
The Nature and purpose of family
Family as Church in minature
Catholic Church teaches that the family has four tasks:
to form a community
to support life and personal development of each individual
share in the development of the wider community
to share in the life and the mission of the Church
Family could be parents and children or additional relatives but mission the same
to be mutually supportive
Each member of the family has diff. gifts to offer and diff. roles to play. These can change over time as people grow older
The Church teaches that care, love and support given within a family and by each member is vital for the whole community
Church teaches family is the best way to bring up children, who are visible signs of the parents love for each other.
Through having children that the couple make their own family, adding another level to family they were brought up in
Children need safe and stable environment to develop.Development happens through experiencing life and responding to challenges.
In loving family environment challenges can be presented in way child will not be harmed
Parents and older siblings play part in helping younger member learn how to take part in community life
Parents' role always to be supportive, 'tough love' sometimes, creating conditions where risk of failure ultimately helps child
Catholic Church: parents 1st and most important teachers to children
Children should grow and flourish, supported by actions, teachings and examples from parents
Parents should help children appreciate diff. aspects of life, inc. right from wrong and how to live according to Christian values.
Parents should be conscience of their authority as well as their love for their children
End of education child should be, independent, balanced human with great self-respect and immense respect for their parents and society
Family atmosphere should be where individual is valued and where peace and forgiveness are experienced on a regular basis
When children experience these qualities in deep meaningful way growing up, practice them throughout their lives
"The welfare and future of a state depend on the ability of the smallest unit, the family, to live and develop" Youcat 370
"The Christian family...is the first community called to announce the Gospel...during growth and to bring them through a progressive education and sharing of faith to full human and Christian maturity" Familiaris Consortio 1
Idea of 'nuclear family' increasingly less popular- though norm. Less traditional types include single parents ans same-sex couple with or without children.
Some say 'family values' are harder to absorb in a less traditional family. Some argue values exist regardless of who makes up the family.
Some place less emphasis on the importance of the family, arguing emotional attachments are often more important than blood connections. Some argue that 'family' who provides you with support should consist of who you want.