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The Greatest Show on EarthIndian Nations Council

¥ A family is people reaching out instead of fencing in.  It's reaching out to each other and to neighbors and friends.

¥ A family is a place for having fun, for sharing sorrows, and healing hurts.  The family is probably the most effective mutual, self-help organization ever invented.

Family life has its good times and bad.  But, above all it's people giving strength to each other when needed, people caring and letting it show, people leaning on each other, and people feeling loyal to each other.  It's worth the effort to keep it strong.

GOOD FAMILY LIFE IS NEVER AN ACCIDENT.  IT TAKES WORK, AND IS ALWAYS AN ACHIEVEMENT BY THOSE WHO SHARE IT.

THE BEAUTY OF A HOME IS HARMONY.  THE SECURITY OF A HOME IS LOYALTY.  THE JOY OF A HOME IS LOVE.

IF WE PAID NO MORE ATTENTION TO OUR PLANTS THAN WE HAVE TO OUR CHILDREN, WE WOULD NOW BE LIVING IN A JUNGLE  OF WEEDS.

How do we teach?

We teach patienceby being gentle and understanding over and over.

We teach honestyby keeping our promises to our family even when it costs.

We teach courageby living unafraid, with faith, in all circumstances.

We teach justiceby being fair and dealing equally with everyone.

We teach kindnessby being thoughtful and gracious even at home.

Communicating with Families

Good Communication between leaders and families is essential in obtaining family cooperation.

¥ Let them know what is expected BEFORE they join.  Then keep the lines of communication open.

¥ Be sure they know the regular den and pack meeting dates and times.  Provide reminders as needed.

¥ Let them know that the best way to find out what is going on is to stay actively involved.

¥ Don't rely entirely on boys to transmit messages to parents.  The information may never get through.

¥ Use newsletters, telephoning, personal visits, or other means to say in touch and inform families of any special activities, projects , needs.

¥ Get to know the family.  Find out how the den and pack can help meet their needs.

¥ Hold den and pack parents' meeting to communicate information.

¥ Keep families up-to-date on how the den and pack are operating.  Share with them the successes and needs.

¥ Keep them informed about activities which can be enjoyed by the family, such as family camping, trips, and tours, etc.

¥ Keep families up-to-date on how their son is progressing.  Let them know how they can help him.

Establishing Good Family Relationships

Relating to children in the home as a parent is not only 'doing', it is also 'being'.  Like a diligent spider spinning a delicate web strand by strand, a parent must give of himself to produce a strong relationship with the child.  Someone said that parents can create a favorable climate for children, but on experiences reinforce the learning.  These are standards for measuring a food parent/child relationship:

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