Other People in the Family

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A family is a group of people who are related to each other by blood or marriage. It is the smallest and most important unit of the society. It is the first social group a child is exposed to before he/she is allowed to experience learning from other social groups.

Types of Family

The nuclear family is made up of a father, mother and their children. Members of a nuclear family usually live together in the same house.


Parents are responsible for providing food, clothes, shelter and paying their school fees. Parents teach their children how to become good citizens of the community. Parents also teach their children to work hard in school and to respect other people.

Children have the responsibility to go to school and get a good education so that they can become good citizens. Children also help their parents out around the home.

Extended family is made up of father, mother, children, uncles, aunts, grandparents and cousins. They may also all live together in the same household. All those who are related to your father and mother by blood are members of your extended family.


 Other Members in the Family


  • Aunt: An aunt is your father or mother’s sister.
  • Uncle: An uncle is your father or mother’s brother.
  • Grandfather: A grandfather is your father or your mother’s father.
  • Grandmother: A grandmother is your father or your mother’s mother.
  • Cousin: A cousin is the son or daughter of your aunty or uncle.
  • Nephew: The son of your sister or brother.
  • Niece: The daughter of your sister or brother.
  • Ward: A ward is a person your parents are responsible for. It could be the daughter or son of one of your parent’s friends. Usually a ward is also a minor, which is someone who is not yet 18 years old.

Benefits/Merits of Family Relationship

We gain a lot by being a member of an the family. Members help one another in so many ways:

  • Promotes unity among members of the family.
  • Offering protection and guidance to one another.
  • Help and support for one another.
  • Provision of food and shelter
  • Providing assistance in time of need.
  • Look after the children of other members.
  • Offering advice to one another.





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