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Mentalemotional health family members nurture and

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Mental/Emotional Health Family members nurture and support one another. They contribute to a sense of belonging and a feeling of security. Physical Health The family provides food, clothing, and shelter to its members. Family members also promote healthful behaviors and safety skills.
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Meeting Mental/Emotional Needs The family provides a safe, comforting environment in which all members can express thoughts and emotions freely. By providing emotional support and unconditional love, families promote posi- tive self-concepts in their members. A positive self-concept, the view a person has of himself or herself, gives individuals a sense of confidence, helping them become healthy, happy adults. Meeting Social Needs In the first few years of life, children learn from family members how to communicate and get along with others. Families also play a major role in children’s social growth by helping them develop a value system, by instilling religious beliefs, and by raising them with cultural and family traditions. A healthy family helps children become team players and teaches them to accept differences in oth- ers. Families prepare their members to survive and function inde- pendently in the world. DEVELOPING A VALUE SYSTEM You learn your values—your beliefs and feelings about what is important—from your family. Developing a good value system helps you in making responsible decisions. Your values also deter- mine your character. Having positive values helps you become a good citizen who obeys laws, respects authority, and contributes to school and community. Demonstrating traits of good character improves your relationships with other people and contributes to society in a positive way. SHARING CULTURE AND TRADITIONS Does your family have special traditions, such as participat- ing in Chinese New Year celebrations or lighting candles at Hanukkah? By observing traditions such as these, adult family members pass their cul- ture and history on to children. Sharing a cul- tural heritage enriches the lives of family mem- bers and helps individuals develop a sense of pride in who they are. 276 Chapter 11 Family Relationships character For more informa- tion on traits that demonstrate character, see Chapter 2, page 37. Families enhance social health by passing family and cultural traditions on to their children. What are some of your family’s traditions? HS_HEALTH_U04_C11_L1 12/6/03 9:25 AM Page 276
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Making Time for Family Fun Busy schedules can make it difficult for family members to spend quality time together, but it is important to make time to strengthen family relationships. In this activity, you will develop a plan to spend more quality time with your family. paper and markers ruler 1. Brainstorm a list of activities you and your family enjoy doing together.
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