The wonderful concept clubbed with the never-ending benefits of the joint family can mostly be seen in India only. It is such a fantastic system, where senior and junior members of a family- like ones parents, children, the children’s spouses, and their children- all live together. Typically in a joint family, normally the eldest of all, generally grandfather/grandmother is respected and treated as head of the family, who normally commands and helps to set various roles and responsibilities for rest of the family members and all of them submit to him/her on different points and in different decisions.
Child centricity in a joint family
In a joint family, we usually observe the fact that children are never ignored; they always remain the center of focus for other family members. While in a nuclear family, a baby or a grown-up kid is taken care of, by either the father or mother with the help of toys or other electronic gadgets whereas in the joint family, the baby goes to many hands and can be taken care by others too apart from his parents only. The elder members of the family feel the most privileged ones when they are given the responsibility of taking proper care of young children. The young and naughty kids accompany them whenever they go for a walk in the morning/evening or case of their leisure moments. They also are the ones whom kids prefer to go with, in the early years of their schooling.
Benefits of living in a joint family
You all can feel the excitement of receiving a yummy ice cream scoop from your loved ones. Living together in a combined family is similar to getting a triple scope of the ice cream of your choice. In India, the idea of living in a joint family is very old. If you remember old days movies, there used to be open houses crowded with children running around and a total of 15-20 people in a dining table having food and lots of excitement.
Though finding joint families today is rare, living in one can be highly beneficial for your children. Here are some of the significant benefits of living in a family of 15 instead of 4. Have a look:
More attention and affection of joint family:
Children living in a joint family, get complete attention and not only from their parents but also other members of the family. A child can be very well taken care of by another family member if the mother is working or is unwell. Working women, staying in a joint family, live stress-free because they know that there is always someone to take care of her child in her absence from home.
Frequent Help is offered:
A child has many more people available for his help in various ways during his growth years. A child has something to learn from each member of the family, which he applies in life when he starts going to school and faces the world. Many teachings and lessons can be shared only in a joint family that a child misses in a nuclear one.
A shared bond:
The pleasant company of cousin brothers and sisters also teaches many things to each other. Apart from that, when it comes to education or facing the small routine challenges, the older ones guide their younger siblings in the family. It dramatically reduces the burden of the parents, as many things are very quickly taken care of by other family members too.
Children are fond of traveling. Traveling with a family of 4 does not amazing. Children always wish to travel with more number of people because they want to have more fun while traveling. Nothing can be better than a family trip. Living in a joint family and going for the excursion in a minibus can be fun and exciting. When children live in a joint family, they travel more and tour bigger.
Teachings and learning
For primary education, parents send their child to preschool and later on to the formal schools, but the real learning comes only when a child grows and spends time in a joint family. Elderly family members also help in drums into good family assessments such as partaking, nurturing, etc. in a child. This helps a child to learn ample skills and aptitude from other family members. However, as we are aware of the fact that teaching styles have drastically changed in recent years and can create confusion in young minds while trying to understand, Children may not learn these simple methods because of the drastic changes in the methodologies of today’s teaching aids and tools.
We must say that joint families now days are providing much relaxation and desired comfort to new generation young parents, specifically, office-going mothers. A child would be blessed for it; after all, they do like home with creative activity and carefree parents. A joint family should generally mean deficient work for parents, but boundless assessment, major independent decision-making, and lack of concord concerning feeding and day-to-day activities of the child.
The ecstatic bundle would increase, bring to naught the material assistance of constructing the child in a joint family. We can say that what is necessary is not just a big backing system but also one that is acute well framed. There is a significant difference between two grown-up kids, where one of them is from a joint family, and the other one is from a nuclear one. Their reactions to situations and thought process, independence way of working, compassion, brotherhood, and analytical abilities all are different.
It is very clearly evident from the above discussion that the children grown up in a joint family are far more blessed than the children from nuclear families. Living in a joint family has become an old fashion trend, but when it comes to giving high values and morals along with love and safety to your children, nothing can be better than raising in a joint family.