The meaning of family, in lexical terms is, "Parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not". But in reality, family is should be defined as, "Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space." - Evan Esar.
Nowadays, a family home has become a place where you sleep most of the time, make perfunctory conversations, and take or provide money. Many youngsters and teens feel that they are burdened with an unnecessary thing called family, when they could be doing better without it. Every relation has its own importance―friends have their importance and family has its own. For some, friends are the only important relationship of life. But they are not aware of the fact that family can replace friends, but friends cannot replace family. Though friends accept you as you are, it is the family who finds flaws in you, so that you get rid of them and become a better person. It is only family which loves you unconditionally.
Why is Family Important in Life
The feeling of fear is present in every human, all of us need to feel secure. A family provides one with security. The strength of family members does not matter, a nuclear family or even a joint family gives you a feeling of being safe. This is because you know that your family will stand by you, no matter what.
With your family, you don't have to fight on your own against anything, this feeling helps in the progress of human being. Safety here refers to the safety of morals, property, and employment.
Just as the basic needs, a human also has many psychological needs, the fulfillment of which is necessary for mental and physical well-being. Everybody needs affection, appreciation, a sense of belonging, love, etc. A family provides you with all these things, without you demanding them.
A family gives you love, boosts your confidence from time to time, and teaches you the morals and principles of the society. In a way, it teaches you how to survive in the outside world.
Being social animals that we are, we need company. Though we like to spend time alone, we cannot live happily alone forever. Family provides us with reasons to laugh, cry, and introspect. It provides one with reasons to live and love. Family members are the only people who feel genuinely for you, they are the only people who really care for you.
Always remember that the goodness in you, is due to your family. It is this unit of society that you can turn to, even if you have done something grave, something wrong. You are a part of it, be happy that are lucky enough to have a family!