Family is an important social organization and the basic unit of social life. It is the cradle of civic virtues. According to Beni Prasad “The family takes the individual, so to say, out of himself, into life of loyalty, cooperation and altruism”. It is within the family that the child learns the meaning of cooperation, self-control, loyalty and sympathy. The process of socialization starts in the family and this prepares the child for a world outside his home. It is only enables him to identify himself as an individual but also prepares him to be an ideal citizen.
Qualities of love and cooperation are inculcated in family. A child experiences the love being showered on him by his parents, from his childhood. The parents take care of the child and demonstrate a feeling of happiness when the child achieves something. Family members cooperate and share their work with each other, thus making life easy and comfortable.
Qualities of obedience and discipline are imbibed in the child within a family. Obeying and respecting the elders in a family result in a disciplined life. These qualities enable the child to be a good citizen and abide by the laws laid down by the government.
Qualities of tolerance and sacrifice are also instilled within the family. The younger generation may not agree with the ideas of the elders in the family, but they still accommodate their viewpoints, opinions and beliefs. This quality has a great value because of the diversity in our society.
Parents happily sacrifice their meager resources, for the child’s education. These qualities of sacrifice are followed by the child.