Family Rolesby Teresa, The CuteKid™ Staff
Within families there are certain roles that need to be taken and filled by family
members. In the book Normal Family Processes the author explains that family roles
are the “recurrent patterns of behavior” that different family members use to fulfill
family functions and roles. Researchers agree that if a family establishes clear
family member roles they are better able to deal with day-to-day issues and normal
changes as well as unforeseen events.
Dr. Peterson of Virginal Tech suggests some ways that families can establish and maintain healthy roles.
“Roles should be clearly identifiable.” Everyone must know what his or her roles in the family are. For example I am responsible for making sure that my children get off to school every morning. I also cook dinner, maintain the house, and manage our finances. My husband is the main breadwinner. He helps do the dishes, takes out the trash, and vacuums. Because we both know our family roles things run smoother.
“Families must allocate roles fairly.” When I started working from my home we had to reallocate some of our roles. My husband had to take on more responsibility for our home and children because I was working as well.
Family members must fulfill their responsibilities. Whenever family members do not fulfill their roles the burden falls upon another family members. This creates additional stress and discord.
Establishing and fulfilling family member roles helps ensure that family life will run smoothly and all members will be happy and satisfied.