What are the benefits of a joint family – quora electricity sources


A joint family is a form of family where the grand-parents, father, mother, and children along with their aunt, uncle and cousins live unitedly under one roof . With the introduction of Western culture, modernization and changing lifestyles concept of joint families switched to nuclear families.

motivating atmosphere created through the combined effect of the chirping of children, the expression of love among siblings, the scolding of the elders and the amusing antics of the other family members made me nostalgic as i was also blessed enough to be born and brought up in a joint family. In such families the eldest male member is the HEAD of the family. His power and functions are like that of a trustee. He is entitled to take economic and social decisions on behalf of the family. In our family DADAJI (my grand father being the eldest was the head).

• It is the best pattern of living that is most conducive to the growth as all members are equally sharing all expenses, works and other things with the other members of the family so the burden of work will not be felt by any single person.

• It is based on a principle of fair economy. It holds it as a rule that all men are not equal. Naturally it imposes a kind of unwritten discipline that those who are more able economically shall share some of the burden of those who are not. This builds up emotional sensibility there is selfless love and affection for each other.

• It is a cradle of social virtues. Under the care of elders the undesirable and antisocial tendencies of the young are checked and they are prevented from going astray. They learn of exercise self-control. All members learn to obey family rules and respect their elders.

• Likewise today’s generation are losing manners and etiquettes just because since both the parents are working and there is no one to teach them how to behave with an adult person even their friends are like that but in joint family u have someone who will teach you or from whom u will learn all the good things.( Today I see a lot children they are not obedient towards there teacher , their work and even talks nonsense with their seniors just because of lack of manners)

• You get the unbounded love of all uncle’s and aunt’s love in a joint family which is very difficult in a single family. ( Since everyone has some favourites in their joint family whose favourites are you only more than their children’s sometimes.)

• You get a variety of choices and inspiration from different uncles and aunts and you can discuss with them and with your understanding select an ambition that suits you.( As everyone is either working in a family firm or have different profession from which you can take advice of career of your interest)

• While living in a single family if anyone needs something it’s very difficult to arrange for them sometimes but living in a joint family just solves this problem, anyone needing anything at any time there is someone for that purpose. ( E.g. someone in ur family just got ill and ur father is not there for the medicines or to take them to doctor so in that case you have ur uncle whom u can tell the situation.)

There are very few benefits in my opinion. What i have seen around me compels me to think that small families are better in all respects. The reason being that people have become very self centered and so they do not want to sacrifice anything for the other family members. The younger lot is very self centered ,disrespectful towards their elders. And elders on the other hand are so egocentric and become so eccentric and cynical that they never try to bridge up the gap between the two generations . The expectations are too high on both the sides resulting in sour relationships. So i have an idea which can be useful in striking a balance.

The families can live in the same campus or in close vicinity or say on different floors of the same building or even in different flats on the same floor. This way it will be the best of both the worlds. You can have all the benefits of joint family namely sharing, celebrating functions and festivals together, looking after each other in times of need, and safeguarding the children too. At the same time you will also respect the space that each of us requires in life.