Tapestry of Faith: Families: A Jr. High School Youth Program that Explores the Diversity, Commonality, and Meaning of Families

Alternate Activity 1: What Makes A Family Function Well?

Part of Families

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Brochures from local family support services, both within and outside the faith community

Description of Activity

The terms functional and dysfunctional are prevalent in popular culture. Invite participants to think about those terms as they apply to family function. Ask them to list, with you or a volunteer in the role of scribe, what makes a family functional: a family that functions well? What makes a family work? Often the things that do not make a family work arise through such a discussion; those factors could be listed as well. If such factors do not enter the conversation, you may invite youth to consider the things that make it difficult for a family to function well or to be happy. Close the discussion by asking participants to brainstorm a list of the "top five" attributes of a functional, healthy family.