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The word “family” can be used metaphorically to create more inclusive categories such as community, nationhood, global village, and humanism.

In most societies, the family is the principal institution for the socialization of children. As the basic unit for raising children, anthropologists generally classify most family organizations as matrifocal (a mother and her children); conjugal (a wife, her husband, and children, also called the nuclear family); avuncular (for example, a grandparent, a brother, his sister, and her children); or extended (parents and children co-reside with other members of one parent’s family).

Members of the immediate family may include spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters. Members of the extended family may include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and siblings-in-law. Sometimes these are also considered members of the immediate family, depending on an individual’s specific relationship with them.

 

We provide information, advice and support. We bring families together so they can support each other. We campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.

 

familiesetc.org is a growing movement of food, fun and conversation about things that matter. Over the past years, research has shown what parents have known for a long time: Sharing a fun information and insight is good for the spirit, brain and health of all family members.

 

Now, through this movement, families will come together to share their experiences and insights to help each other realize the benefits of familiesetc.org. Together, they’ll figure out the resources needed – like tips for setting healthy and wellness, overcoming obstacles such as conflicting schedules and engaging everyone in meaningful conversation – to improve the frequency and quality of their family interaction.

 

As a couple, you don’t have to be separated by physical distance for months to feel like you aren’t on the same page.

 

The daily demands of work, parenting, house and yard maintenance, and bills can take its toll on how connected and of “one accord” you feel.

What are some ways you, as well as you and your spouse, can get back on the same page? In addition to must-do’s such as communication, being connected with one another, here are three more ideas.

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