Joint families are the traditional families in India
especially in villages and small towns. People with ancestral property
and with old grandfathers still living, usually stay in joint families.
The advantages of living in a joint family
are many. One does not have to search for a separate house,
infrastructure, facilities for milk, water, electricity etc. One is
already familiar with the housing and conveniences over there. A person
does not feel alone during the afternoon.
Often the ladies can do some good things together.
The festivals are celebrated better with a lot of gala and hungama. A lot
of varieties of food is prepared. The children have many classmates or
mates to play with. Planning can be done for the entire family, in a
better way. In case a person falls sick, there are others who can help
quickly. The family can face outside people more boldly.
People respect those persons who live in a big joint
It is possible that there are conflicts among members due
to cultural and habitual differences. The differences may arise due to
educational qualifications, working or earning levels. However these can
be solved and sorted peacefully with clever thinking and wisdom. There
are restrictions on some person doing some thing in a joint family, as
resources are shared. Every body can not do any thing that one likes to
Some times one needs to help others even though one does not want
to. Some times we feel forced to do some thing, and do activities even
though we do not like. This is because we feel that others will feel
bad. That is, there are some misunderstandings and communication
People living in joint families should understand their limits and
should not have communication gaps. Then they can live better. However,
nowadays every family is breaking up to micro family.