As parent you have a critical role in setting the tone of your family life.
Will family life be individualistic or supportive of each other? Boisterous and noisy or gentle and quiet? What values will encourage in your children? Getting the balance between work and family life is critical to a family life that is truly supportive of the children, while the way the family celebrates special events is vital to the development of the child's sense of identity
Family break-up is common today as is the blending of two sets of children when parents form new relationships. Children's health or a disability can be an important factor shaping family life. So too can child abuse and neglect
And don't forget the importance to family life of the daily routines and the common place events such as the evening meal, getting a pet or even choosing a babysitter.