Topic of the article: A stable Family System – A Panacea for a deteriorating society.
Objective (what is the piece supposed to achieve? To enlighten the public about the indispensable role of family in the society.
Audience (who is the piece targeted at?) The Nigerian government, parents and social educators.
What is the audience looking for? How the society can be better structured through creating a firm family system for proper breeding.
Thesis/Argument: The family is the bedrock of the community. Families are of paramount importance to the Nigerian society, because they are considered to be the basic unit of society. The future of Nigeria society depends very much on successful parenting and marriages. Parents must raise children according to prevailing societal norms and ways of life
A stable Family System – A Panacea for a deteriorating society.
The family is an integral piece of the society. Society is a mirror image of our family system firmness. Since family plays a fundamental role in the formation of a functional society; it is expedient for a growth oriented society to place great emphasis on building a sturdy micro unit of the society (family). Most developed nations recognize the vital role of the family system in building a developed and balanced nation for their citizens. Thus, a large proportion of resources are allocated to the process of creating a good family system, most especially in the area of family institutions empowerment and family orientation programs.
Aptly put by sociologists, societies that hope to boom must nurture offspring dutifully. This is because an unbroken family helps children build up strong moral disposition and gain access to quality education compared to children from wrecked families who are more probable to behave as social deviants. It is pertinent to recognize that children who exhibit deviant behavior pose a greater threat to the leadership and general development of the country.
The family’s greatest threat is divorce. Divorce is one of the social phenomena that no human society is devoid of, because of its close association and intricate ties with social relations between individuals and groups. The family being the children’s first port of call and a catalyst for integration of individuals into social life, families must be shielded from fundamental issues like divorce, in order for the primary goal to be achieved. In 2010, Centre for Social Justice in the United Kingdom posited that; an individual’s physical, emotional and psychological growth develops within the family milieu. This connotes that our family is the bedrock that shapes our knowledge of unadulterated love, morality, ethics, empathy, respect for dignity and hard work. These traits integrate us positively into school life, work life and the society in general.
Taking a periscopic look into Nigeria’s social environment today. It is unmistakable to point out that the greatest menace of our society is irresponsibility. This great virtue lacking in our society today is the end product of our failing family system. The current family system we have will not just hinder our development at the moment, but also disrupt the future of this great nation. Presently, there is no reliable data on the rate of disjointed family units in the country and it is overt that there is an upsurge in the rate of rambling family units, even though we are prone to living in denial as a society that none of such exist. Though data from the National Bureau of Statistics indicate that just 0.2% of men and 0.3% of women have separated legally. Likewise, well below 1% of couples own up to being separated. This data is in sharp contrast to reality and greatly underscore the high volume of family disunity in the country.
Protecting the future of the nation
It is vivid that most of our children today lack the virtue of respect, honor, responsibility and hard work. These virtues are essential for proper growth and development of an individual in order to prevent failed adulthood. It is of essence for us to acknowledge that failed adulthood comes with unbalanced childhood developmental stages or processes. The calibers of leaders we have in our country today are artifacts of different family units and households. So if our dream of an inclusive and better Nigeria is to see the light of the day, then our family system should start inculcating or instilling the culture of diligence, hard work, responsibility, compassion and respect in their children as they pass through the developmental stages of life.
Conclusion: Nigeria needs to pay more attention to activities (family institutions and orientation programs) that will trim down the rate of family discord, family and parenting delusion towards creating a stronger family system.
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