Family as the Social Network

Often people ask us, “What were some of the greatest lessons you learned from raising your family in an isolated location?” There are lots of answers to this question but one stands out above them all.  The first is this: family is enough to teach our kids to socialize.  It really is!  Often in Western culture we think that our kids “need” soccer, boys clubs, school, etc for them to function in todays world.  But remember back to your earliest years.  Who had the greatest impact on you?  Often it is a parent, grandparent, cousin, or brother.  Feel confident in your role in your family and give your kids the interaction they need.  Feel good about the time spent together and saying “no” to that 3rd sleepover at a friends house this month! They may fight and argue with their siblings but with your guidance can learn to love.

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