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Importance of Family for Class 4 EVS

Members of the family face different situations. Situations such as marriage and baby birth are happy ones. Illness and financial crisis are some of the sad ones. In this concept, the young learners will know more about importance of family in good and bad situations.

After reading the concept, students will be able to:

  • Explain what is marriage.
  • Support other family members during hospitalisation.
  • Know about the reasons the behind financial crisis.
  • Answer why do people have to transfer to a different place?
  • Understand, how different situations in the family bring all the members close to each other.

Each concept is explained to class 4 students using descriptions, illustrations, and concept maps. After you go through a concept, assess your learning by solving the two printable worksheets given at the end of the page.

Download the worksheets and check your answers with the worksheet solutions for the concept Importance of Family provided in PDF format.

  • A family consists of people related to each other.
  • In a family, people live together in a house and spend time with each other. They celebrate good times together and face difficulties as a unit.
  • Every family goes through various types of situations, either good or bad.
  • If the situation is terrible, the members support each other to overcome it, and if it is good, everybody enjoys it.
Family picture ideas

Various Situations Faced by a Family:

1. Marriage:

  • Marriage is the union of two people as partners in a relationship.
  • In India, a wedding is celebrated grandly in which all the family members of the bride and the groom are involved.
  • It is an auspicious ceremony that includes many rituals and festivities that may last up to three to four days.
  • Everyone in the family enjoys the functions and celebration of the wedding.
  • Many delicious dishes and sweets are specially made for this occasion.
  • In India, usually, after marriage, the bride moves to her husband’s house and starts living with her in-laws.
Marriage celebration

2. Illness and Hospitalisation:

  • Sudden illness and hospitalisation could be a stressful phase for a family.
  • During this time, the family members extend both mental and financial support.
  • It is difficult for the entire family when someone suffers from a serious illness.
  • One has to rush from one department to the other in the hospital and have long discussions with the doctors about the treatment procedure.
  • During this time, taking care of a child in the family becomes a challenging job. Some may have to take help from the extended family in such cases.
Patient in hospital bed

3. Financial Crisis:

  • A financial crisis happens when a family goes through a shortage of funds.
  • It may happen for different reasons, like a sudden loss of job, huge loss of money due to bad investment, considerable expenses in treating health issues, etc.
  • During this time, family members should support each other emotionally.
  • If possible, some other members of the family should try earning to balance the situation.
  • During such a situation, the family must cut down all unnecessary expenses.
  • One can borrow money from close acquaintances but assure them about returning the amount when the situation improves.
Financial crisis reasons

4. Transfer to a New Place:

  • Sometimes a person is transferred to another place by their current organisation for resuming the job.
  • In such cases, the family has to move to a different place in the country.
  • Transfer creates a challenging situation for the whole family as they must adapt themselves to the new surroundings.
  • The family has to manage all the aspects required for surviving, like getting a house, ensuring electric and water supply, getting the kids admitted to a new school and many such works.
  • The child suffers the most as they leave their old school and get into a new school. They miss their old friends and teachers and are sometimes unable to make new friends, which makes them feel lonely.
  • This is when parents should take good care of their kids and emotionally support them.
  • Different food, language, and culture pose a great challenge to the family. However, with time they learn to embrace these changes.
Transfer of family to a new place of recidence

5. Arrival of a Baby:

  • The arrival of a baby brings joy to the whole family.
  • Everybody in the family starts spending time with the baby.
  • The family’s elders take good care of the newborn baby and the mother.
  • Family members play with the baby and help the mother to take care of it.
  • During this time, the women of the family look after the new mother until her body heals after the baby’s delivery.
Having a new born baby in the family

New Words:

Rituals: These are religious ceremonies involving various actions that are performed in a specific order.

Investment: When one saves money from their income to build wealth, it is called investment.


Did You Know?

  • When parents separate legally, it is called a legal separation. After the parents separate, it is the duty of both to look after the well-being of the child.
  • Separation of parents effects on child
  • The death of any family member is also a difficult situation for the family, but with time and the help of close ones, the pain and trauma of losing near ones decreases.
Different family situations
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