A family that thrives is one where healthy interdependence is supported. Respect for different roles is essential, especially between a wife and a husband whose shared authority is critical. In fact, strong and harmonious kinship is dependent upon every member of the clan. Trust, shared responsibilities, and good communication are essential. Each person must be encouraged to find his or her position and appropriate contribution.
The functional family is a team that symbolizes the ideal of human interdependence, and has long provided a firm foundation for society. The healthy family is an embryo of society and the native soil in which ethical values take root and grow. Fertilize this soil, and the whole of society benefits.
The forces that bind a family are a balance of feminine and masculine — nurturing and receptivity combined with leadership and responsibility. In other words, good parenting. The parents’ words should be consistent, have meaning and power. Siblings’ relationships between themselves and the parents carry variations of feminine and masculine energies too. Relations on all kinds of teams are improved through cultivation of the yin/yang, receptive/responsible balance. Learn to listen and receive help from others, and be willing to assume an appropriate role in any group you are part of or join. A good team player is supremely valuable.