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What is Family Identity?

Whether you’re aware of it or not—your family has a collective identity.

Families are so much more than biological connections. They involve deep emotional connections, providing unwavering support, and creating a genuine sense of belonging. Family identity is an extraordinary concept that goes beyond what meets the eye. In this blog post, we’ll explore the heart of Family Identity and bring clarity to this important concept.

We live in a fast-paced, ever-evolving world. Regardless of our individual stories and backgrounds, every person needs the safety, connection, and support of a family. We’ve had the joyous honor and privilege of meeting and spending time with many different families, and almost every one of them begins our time together asking the question: “What is Family Identity?” Now more than ever, we recognize the need to talk about what Family Identity is, and why it matters so much.

In many households today, the example set and the values instilled in our loved ones often go unnoticed. Some of the most common reasons for this are that parents and guardians remain unaware of the behaviors and mindsets being passed down to their kids or lack the confidence or knowledge to lead their families actively. Too often, unresolved hurt guides a family’s thoughts, actions, and words. Nevertheless, as parents and guardians, we are shaping a new generation every day, for better or worse. This is one of the many reasons Family Identity is so important. How you lead your family today impacts not just the family you currently share a roof with, but the future generations of tomorrow who your children will someday lead.

Your family holds the power to influence the community you live in and determine a positive and impactful legacy others will eventually live out.

Family identity is the foundation that brings individuals living under the same roof together, shaping the dynamics and culture of your home. It’s about building connections and creating a unique identity that reflects what matters most to you and your loved ones. 

This identity is created through shared values, beliefs, and principles which serve as a guide through life’s ups and downs. These values help build character and personality as individuals age, creating a sense of unity within the family. 

Traditions are an essential part of this identity. Family traditions build memories and creating moments that are eagerly awaited by family members giving them something to look forward to and even uphold. From simple Sunday dinners to yearly vacations and holiday traditions, these experiences create a sense of belonging within the walls of your home. 

The events that tell stories of triumphs, failures, and everyday challenges are also a significant part of family identity, providing wisdom, connection, and a deep sense of fulfillment among family members. It’s important to take intentional care of your home filled with people, as these shared events and experiences have the power to build trust and a sense of safety, or entirely diminish both.

Each family member brings a unique color to the canvas, making up the richness of the collective identity. 

While family identity is a powerful force, it’s essential to recognize and celebrate the unique individuals within a family. Afterall, you can’t have a family identity without individual identities to create it. Embracing and honoring these individual identities strengthens unity within a household. It also creates a safe environment where individuals can authentically be themselves. If family members don’t feel they can authentically be themselves at home, how can they enter the world and feel confident in who they are? 

If we don’t know who we are, we’ll let the world tell us. When we don’t believe who we are is accepted, we become whoever it is that is accepted.

A strong sense of family identity has a significant impact within the confines of the home and outside of it. It also creates a ripple effect that influences how family members interact with the world. This impact is far-reaching, from shaping personal ambitions to influencing community involvement and attachment. A family identity becomes a lens through which family members see the world. Further, it’s the culture and dynamics of a household and it significantly impacts the dependents living under the influence of it. 

Your family’s identity tells a story, while also shaping the stories of the individuals who are a part of it.

So every story begins with a family? No, and sadly, it’s for many this is true. Remember, family provides that sense of belonging we look for, so what happens when a person believes they lack belonging. Others, while they might have a family to come home to, believe they aren’t accepted or feel unwanted, and these are some of the stories being lived out today. This isn’t the narrative for everyone, of course, but even just one is too many. We see it all the time, these kinds of stories become family identities, raising kids, and move from one generation to the next. The point is clear here—family life has a profound and enduring impact on individuals throughout their lives.

It’s important to recognize the far-reaching effects of what is modeled within our homes. The behaviors, values, and dynamics within a family unit create a template individuals carry into the broader world. Society is, after all, a collective of these individual stories. Therefore, intentional leadership within our families is for both the present and the future. Intentional leadership within our families shapes the narrative that will echo through generations. The family identity we cultivate and model at home becomes a legacy that influences family members today and future generations.

It’s not by accident your family was brought together. 

Family identity is a source of strength, joy, and belonging that your family gets to share. It’s built on values, inside jokes, triumph, and traditions, like attempting for the eighteenth time to make great-grandma’s recipe. These treasures are what make your family, well…your family. They guide you through life’s changes and challenges, giving purpose and meaning to your being together. Understanding this connection is how you begin to discover your family’s identity. Understanding it is what helps you put it into action, impacting the world for the better! It’s time to confidently embrace who you are, so you can intentionally live a fulfilling life….together.

Define and celebrate the identity that wonderfully and purposefully tells the world who your family is.

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