The family is a basic unit of society that is made up of the husband, wife and their children. Each of these members has their assigned roles and responsibilities. Within a family, everyone takes on these roles. When discussing these roles and responsibilities, it is important to keep the following key points in mind:
• One of the most important responsibilities in a family is raising a child. It is the most challenging responsibility because the child has to be raised from childhood until he is old enough to take care of himself.
• The family is also expected to educate and transmit social norms and culture to their children and also give them a position or status in life.
• The family provides emotional, psychological, moral and material support to the members.
• The family must ensure the provision of physical security in terms of food, clothing, shelter and other necessities for their offspring or other dependent individual members of the family, eg grandparents. However, tradition still believes in assigning specific roles to each member of the family.
Examples of roles and responsibilities for each family member include:
• Provision of food, shelter and money for the family
• Making important decisions.
• Prepare food and keep the house in order
• Caring for and raising children, teaching them morals and values.
It is important to note that the above roles and any other traditional roles assigned to either parent could be performed by either parent. In fact, both parents should congratulate each other on the performance of all these functions.
• Obey your parents
• Help with household chores, especially in the kitchen, garden, laundry, washing the car, etc.
• Meet family expectations
• Get good grades in school
Each of these roles is granted a status. The status assigned to a particular role within the family reflects the values and beliefs of that family. The higher the status assigned to a role, the greater the authority, privileges, and reward given to it.