Why is the concept of the multi-generational family so important?
For many, it is a new concept, but I have yet to have anyone disagree with me. I’ve yet to meet a parent that subscribes to a “one and done” philosophy — meaning that they hope to have children who will immediately walk away from the family unit, form a contrary set of values, and never return.
Intuitively, we all know that we were made for community and that our desire is for ongoing community. But the reality is fewer and fewer U.S. families have a sense of connection to the generations of their families.
In a poll conducted for Ancestry.com, 84% of those surveyed said that knowing one’s heritage is important. Yet, only 34% of those same people could name a relative beyond their grandparents, and 21% couldn’t name even one grandparent.
Why does multi-generational community and family matter?
What Are Connected Generations Good For?
Think about it. What happens when multi-generational family takes place?
First, children are benefited when they understand they are part of a broader story, a broader family narrative. But the benefit goes beyond just the family.
When families stick together from generation to generation, they form tight relational bonds. But equally important, these connected generations impact the communities in which they live.
That’s the way it used to be. We could count on families down the road, who farmed, who were the ones at church, who were the ones you could count on at harvest, or when a loved one died. When they had children, they only multiplied the good in the world.
The multi-generational family is the most basic way to impact the world for good on an ongoing basis.
“Yes, when families stick together from generation to generation, they form tight relational bonds. But equally important, these connected generations impact the communities in which they live.”
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