Family is defined as the members of one’s household. Every household is run with different traditions, rules, and values. There are many different characteristics that make a happy family. The top three characteristics I believe are important for a happy family are when children know their place, when families don’t believe in “quality time”, and they understand that everyone makes mistakes.
First, when children know their place, they realize that their parent’s have the final say over everything. In the article “Why Happy Families Are Different”, Dr. Obedzinski tells that in a happy family, parents exercise their authority by listening to their children’s ideas and take account of their feelings, but they reserve the right to make final decisions. When I was a kid I always wanted my parent’s to hear my reasoning before they made their decisions. It made me feel like they would understand where I was coming from. Every child should be heard.
The next top characteristic to making a happy family would be that families don’t believe in “quality time”. In the article “What Happy Families Are Different” Dr. Obedzinski stated, “Instead of reserving a special time to “be with the children”, as popular advice suggests, parents must sometimes set aside other pressing chores, so be it.” The time you spend with your children should be special. A person can’t just schedule special moments to happen. An example would be your child’s first word. That is a priceless moment that is always cherished.
Finally, the last important characteristic that makes a happy family is realizing that people make mistakes. As the article “Why Happy Families Are Different” states, “No one succeeds 100 percent of the time.” Part of growing up is making choices. Sometimes we make the wrong choice and we pay the consequences. When making a mistake, we learn from it and it influences future decisions we make in life. The article also says, “Parents may review how a decision...