What is the most important function that a family fulfills?

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As this is a very broad and extremely subjective question, any answer I can provide for you will be strictly a matter of opinion. That being said, I believe that the most important function of a family is to socialize an individual from a young age and offer instruction by example on how to fit into the world at large, be these lessons on a level of morality or propriety.

The obvious fault in this function is that obviously not every family will function on the same level as others, creating social inequality at best and social Darwinism at worst. It is important for a growing child to have a strong example of living in their family, and for parents, the leaders of the family unit, to realize that raising their child has become the most important function of their lives.

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Wow, this is a really good question. Family units give each person a place to belong in society. Most people need a family of some kind to really feel fulfilled. It gives people a reason to exist. People who are happy are going to be more productive members of society.
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This question is an important one, but there will be many different answers.

I would say that the family as a social unit provides the first and most important socialization function. This is to say that it shows a child what it means to be a part of society. For example, the family loves and supports a child, disciplines and child, establishes boundaries for a child, and if all works well, sends a child into society to be a good citizen.

From this perspective, a family is the most basic social unit and arguably the most influential socialization force on a child. This is one of the most important reasons why we need strong families in our society. Without them, we invariable hurt the broader society.

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Families fulfill a wide range of functions.  I would say that the most important of these functions is the function of socialization.  This means that the family is the main mechanism for passing on the values of a society.

Every society must have certain core values that typify it.  Without these, it is hard for a society to hold together.  These values must, in some way, be passed down from generation to generation.  In my opinion, the family is the first and most important way in which this happens.  It is in the family that children first learn what behaviors and attitudes are acceptable in their society.

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