Endless conversations and laughter where parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and their children live together under the same roof is a joint family. The joy of celebrating festivals or even a regular family dinner in a big family is always full of life. When it comes to a joint family, the smallest arguments are sorted out and the biggest joys are also shared equally.
If you are a part of a large family or wonder what it’s like to live in a joint family, read on to find out how living in a joint family is one of the best things.
Here are the six advantages of living in a big joint family-
1. Responsibilities shared:
The responsibilities such as cleaning the house, doing the dishes, cooking and other household chores are all divided in the house. In the absence or sickness of the family member responsible for carrying out certain tasks, other members of the family can be counted on. So these divided responsibilities not only reduce the workload but also bring efficiency at work.
2. Sharing is caring:
Whether you want to borrow your uncle’s cool gadgets, your cousin’s dresses or eat your grandmother’s delicious biryani - you get all of it! A kid brought up in a joint family tends to get into the habit of sharing. Whether it’s a bar of chocolate or a new toy, he will know that he has to share it among his siblings and cousins. So living in a large extended family makes one focus on ‘we’ than on ‘me’.
3. Financial ease:
Unlike a nuclear family where financial responsibilities are borne by the man and wife, a joint family has the economic burden divided. So, it is more economically friendly. There are multiple earning individuals, which in turn results in having a larger disposable income.
4. Emergencies handled better:
In case of emergencies, a large family can prove to be the best as different members have different experiences and knowledge and that can come in handy in times of need. Whether you require support or advice on a personal issue, financial problem, or medical help, you will always find at least someone in your family who can guide you.
5. Fun family vacations:
Travelling with your joint family is an adventure in itself. A large group occupies a large share of seats - be it a public bus or aeroplane and you get to have a great time during the commute. Sometimes taking a private bus is more economically friendly which makes it more fun with all the private space available for the fun and not disturbing anyone else in the process. Antakshari and Dumb Charades are universally loved games in Indian families and it can get more fun during vacations. Kids get to make their groups and explore places while the adults get some time to relax for themselves.
6. Better at socialising:
Since living in a joint family gives you the chance to communicate with different age groups, you tend to be better at socialising outside the home as well. Living with elders, siblings, cousins, nephews and nieces moulds your personality. All the basic elements of communication which are necessary for living happily in society are inculcated in an individual right from the start when one lives in a joint family.
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