Family Life

Careers working with Family:

There are several careers across various fields that offer the chance to work with families. Generally these positions provide some kind of help or service to the family as a whole including:  Special education teachers provide extra educational support to students with physical, mental, social or learning disabilities. Child, family and school social workers specialize in providing families with various services to meet their needs, such as affordable housing, food stamps, education and more. They evaluate a family’s needs, help them cope with difficult circumstances and/or changes, recommend the appropriate services and provide follow-up meetings to ensure that the family’s situation has improved. They also respond to emergency situations and look out for the welfare of the most vulnerable in families. Family and general practitioners are doctors who diagnose and treat everyday illnesses and injuries. Although they do not necessarily treat all members of a family at once, they often have long-term patients and are qualified to treat all members of a family.  Marriage and family therapists use a family-centered approach to treat individuals, couples or families dealing with mental, emotional or relationship issues. They may also help their clients set goals and make decisions about the future after dealing with hard situations like divorce or unemployment.

Family Life Requirements

  • Prepare an outline of what a family is. Tell why families are important to individuals and to society. Discuss how the actions of one member can affect others.
  • List several reasons why you are important to your family and discuss this with your parents or guardians and with your counselor.
  • Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least ve) and do them for 90 days. Keep a record of how often you do each of them. Discuss with your counselor the effect your chores had on your family.
  • With the approval of your parents or guardians and your counselor, decide on and carry out a project that you would do around the home that would bene t your family. Submit a report to your merit  counselor outlining how the project benefited your family.

2). Plan and carry out a project that involves the participation of your family. After completing the project, discuss the following with your counselor:

  1. The objective or goal of the project
  2. How individual members of your family participated
  3. The results of the project

3). Do the following:

  • Discuss with your counse- lor how to plan and carry out a family meeting.
  • After this discussion, plan and carry out a family meeting to include the following subjects:

(1)  Avoiding substance abuse, including tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, all of which negatively affect your health and well-being

(2)  Understanding the growing-up process and how the body changes, and making responsible decisions dealing with sex*

*This conversation may take place with only one or both of your parents or guardians.

(3)  How your chores in requirement 3 contributed to your role in the family

(4)  Personal and family finances

(5)  A crisis situation within your family

(6)  The effect of technology on your family

(7)  Good etiquette and manners

Discussion of each of these subjects may carry over to more than one family meeting.

4). Discuss the following with your counselor:

  1. Your understanding of what makes an effective father and why, and your thoughts on the father’s role in the family
  2. Your understanding of the responsibilities of a parent