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Our family are the most important people in our lives. What do you think?Our family are...

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ajurr | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2010 at 12:17 PM via web

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Our family are the most important people in our lives. What do you think?

Our family are the most important people in our lives.

What do you think?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 8, 2010 at 12:54 PM (Answer #2)

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I think that this is generally true, but not in all cases.

Our family is definitely the most important group of people in our lives as we grow up.  They give us our basic education -- both academic (to some extent) and social.  They teach us lots of things that we need to know for school, but they also teach us how to behave.

Later in life, our families become less immediately important.  They do not influence us as much on a day to day basis.  So we can say they are no longer the most important people.  However, they still have a huge impact on us because they have sort of created the foundation that has made us into the people we are.  So even though they do not impact our decisions and such directly, the things they taught us early on continue to have a huge impact.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 10, 2010 at 4:06 PM (Answer #3)

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I think it depends on how you define most important. as stated above the role your family plays in your life may change as you grow and change, however the importance of family is still there, maybe just on a different level.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted November 12, 2010 at 8:18 AM (Answer #4)

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Families are very important and most definitely have an impact on the way we grow up and who we become as adults. For me personally, my family is very important to me. With this being said, not everyone has a traditional family structure. Some kids grow up with wonderful families while others are raised being abused and mistreated by their families. I think the answer to your question is really dependent on the individual.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted November 27, 2010 at 8:35 PM (Answer #5)

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I will say that our children should be the most important people in our lives. Too many times parents have children and act as if their lives shouldn't change. Decisions should be made in terms of what is best for the children. This is not always the easy or popular decision, but this leads children to become stronger, healthier, and happier children.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 27, 2010 at 9:00 PM (Answer #6)

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The family is a microcosm of society.  People learn to act responsibly, to consider others, to accept authority, to have loyalty, and to attend to the members who need care and protection. Instilling values on the family level ensures that such values are intrinsic to a society.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 27, 2011 at 4:16 PM (Answer #7)

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Some people do get along without family, but most will find family substitutes. That is, they will find people they can trust to spend time with and lean on. Either way, we cannot generally face the world alone. We need support from somewhere. This is the loose definition of family.

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