What Were Your Family's Greatest Strengths?

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  1. Ken Anderson

    Ken Anderson Veteran Member

    Jan 21, 2015
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    This topic can be viewed as asking two different questions, and the answers to either of both would be appropriate here.

    I could be asking about the family that you were born into, which is what I had in mind when I decided to approach the topic. But many of us have made families of our own and, quite likely, we would view the family that we created from a different perspective from that in which we were born into.

    Some of us are probably very thankful for the life that our parents have given us, and for the family in which we spent our childhood, and that might include our parents, siblings, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and others were part of our early life.

    Probably even if we have reason to believe that we grew up in a dysfunctional family, there were still strengths or things that helped to prepare us to become the people we became.

    What were your family's greatest strengths?
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  2. Jackie Stewart

    Jackie Stewart Well-Known Member

    Oct 17, 2015
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    Simply put, just being there for each other.
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  3. Patsy Faye

    Patsy Faye Veteran Member

    Nov 21, 2015
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    Neither Mum nor Dad were 'down' people although Dad had those times like me, he could get out of it
    Mum was a hard worker she loved to work and that made me very aware of doing a good job.
    Mum was not maternal at all, which made me a very caring person
    Dad loved music and transferred that love to me.
    Neither could cope with each other, my Mother was a free spirit - should never have married.
    My grandmother was a remarkable woman and influenced my thinking
    Found meself a caring family and asked Mum to let me live with them, I did for a couple of wonderful years.
  4. Holly Saunders

    Holly Saunders Veteran Member

    Nov 16, 2015
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    I was born into a very dysfunctional family.....

    If I was to choose only one thing it would be despite everything bad about him...my father was a hard worker.. he despised anyone who was healthy who didn't work hard, so that instilled a great work ethic into me.. ( mostly out of sheer terror as to what would happen if I didn't work)

    As for my mother she taught me to be afraid of taking medication... ( perhaps that's not a strength)... but she also suffered from M√ľnchhausen's by proxy and we as children were forever being taken to doctors and hospitals, for the smallest of reasons.. . ( not her fault but that's another story)

    So as it was a dysfunctional family there was no real strengths.... . I lived with several foster families and also in a children's home over the years of my childhood.. and also with my grandmother for 2 years as a very small child...

    Can't thing what the strengths were of any of those...although I loved my mum and my granny...

    Good question @Ken Anderson
  5. Babs Hunt

    Babs Hunt Veteran Member

    Feb 12, 2016
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    My Family's greatest strengths are our:

    1. Mutual faith and spirituality.

    2. Our love and affection for each other.

    3. Our commitment and loyalty to each other.

    4. Our consistent communication with one another and making time to gather
    together for fun times and holidays, etc.

    5. Our willingness to do whatever it takes to be there when we need each other's help or support in whatever way we need it.

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