Relationship in the Family


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In today’s class, we will be talking about the relationship in the family. Enjoy the class!

Relationship in the Family

Relationship in the Family

A family is a group of people who are related by blood. Members of a family include father, mother and their children. The family is the first contact an agent of socialization immediately a child is born. Members of a family share a relationship, which enables every member to show love, give emotional comfort and concern to the members.

Types of the family

We can identify two types of family. They are:

  1. Nuclear family: A nuclear family consists of the father, the mother and their children. Members of a nuclear family usually live together as a unit and the size is not big.
  2. Extended family: This family type includes the father, the mother, sons, daughters, grandchildren, grandfather, grandmother, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces etc.

Recognition of family members

Members of a nuclear family:
  • Father: He is the head of the family. He is the husband of the woman, while the children call him “daddy” or “father”. The father bears so many responsibilities as the head of the house.
  • Mother: Mother takes care of the home. She is a partner to the father. She assists the father in so many ways. For example, she cooperates with the father to ensure that peace reigns at home. She helps the father to supply the needs of the family. She cooks food for the family and takes care of the clothing and health of the members.
  • Children: They are female or male members of the house born by the father and mother. They are expected to be obedient to the parents and do all the household works given them.
Members of an extended family:
  • Father – A male parent of the family
  • Mother – A female parent of the family
  • Children
  • Uncle – The brother of your father or mother
  • Aunt – The sister of your father or mother
  • Niece – The daughter of your sister or brother
  • Nephew – The son of your brother or sister.
  • Cousin – The son or daughter of your uncle or aunt
  • Brother-in-law – The brother of somebody’s husband or wife. The husband of somebody’s sister
  • Sister-in-law – The sister of somebody’s husband or wife.
  • Grandfather – The father who gave birth to somebody’s father or mother.
  • Grandmother- The mother who gave birth to somebody’s father or mother.
  • Parents-in-law – The parents of somebody’s wife or husband.

Different roles of members of the family (Ephesians 6:1-9, 5:21-33, Colossians 3:18-21, I Peter 3:1-7)

Roles of the Father (Ephesians 6:4):
  • Fathers should not provoke their children to anger. The father must endeavour to provide for the needs of his children.
  • Fathers should bring up their children in the way of God. This means that fathers should raise their children in a way that pleases God and the children must have the fear of God in their hearts.
Roles of Wives (Ephesians 5:22-24):
  • Wives should be subject to their husbands as to the Lord. Wives should live and abide by the authority of their husbands.
  • Wives should see their husbands as their head.
  • Wives should not allow their adornment to be merely to beautify their outward appearance. Rather, they should beautify their inner person. They should have a gentle and quiet spirit.
  • The wives should obey their husbands just as Sarah obeyed Abraham and called him Lord.
  • Wives should be submissive to their husbands.
Roles of Husbands (Ephesians 5:25 – 28) Husbands should love their wives:
  • Husbands should provide for their family. Such provisions include food, shelter, clothing etc.
  • Husbands should regard their wives as their better half. In essence, they should see their wives as indispensable and inseparable from them.
Roles of Children as members of the family (Ephesians 6:1-3):
  • Children should obey their parents, as this is what pleases the Lord.
  • They should give honour to their father and their mother to fulfil the commandment of the Lord.
Roles of Servants in the family (Ephesians 6:5-6) The Holy Bible also outlines the roles the servants must play at home and the responsibilities of their masters who hire their services:
  • Servants should be obedient to their earthly masters.
  • Servants should serve their masters willingly without doing eye service.
  • They should do the will of God from their heart.
  • They should render service with goodwill and have the belief that they are doing it for God, not men. God will reward them for their service.
Roles of Masters to their servants (Ephesians 6:9):
  • Masters should not threaten or maltreat their servants knowing that their master is also in heaven.


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