Amish people believe in Family network. They seldom divorce, and they enjoy spending time together. Having children, raising them, and socialization with neighbors and relatives are the greatest functions of the Amish family. They believe large family is a blessing from God. Their life is closely connected to Church.
” The family has authority over the individual throughout life. Loyalties to parents, grandparents, and other relatives may change over time but they will never cease. A church district is measured by the number of families (households), rather than by the number of baptized persons. Families take turns hosting the biweekly preaching service. Parents stress their responsibilities and obligations for the correct nurture of their children. They consider themselves accountable to the Lord for the spiritual welfare of their children.” Wikipedia.
But you don’t have to be Amish to build a strong family. The success that the Amish experience in their family lives doesn’t come from joining a particular denomination; it comes from living by certain values. If you learn from their examples and apply those same values to your own family, you can strengthen it. Here’s how:
- Give your children the best gift of all: TIME
The Amish spend lots of time with their children, and children want their parents’ time more than anything else.
- Teach your children new skills.Give your children as many opportunities as possible to learn new skills – from cooking to carpentry – just like the Amish do.
- Include your children when you’re serving others. Let your children work alongside you doing age-appropriate tasks and seeing firsthand how volunteer service changes people’s lives for the better.
- Enjoy close relationships with extended family members.Amish people are often close to people in their extended families, such as grandparents, in-laws, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Instead of focusing primarily on your nuclear family (only your spouse and children), reach out regularly to extended family members.
- Pray for and with each other often. The Amish follow a pattern of praying for each other as they go through each day, and also praying together during regular family prayer times. Incorporate prayer both for and with your family into each day.
“Amish music is primarily German in origin, including ancient singing styles not found anywhere in Europe. Sacred music originates from modern hymns derived from the Pennsylvania German culture.
Singing is a major part of Amish churches and some songs take over fifteen minutes to sing. “Lob Lied” is a well-known Amish song. It is always the second song sung at an Amish church service and is often sung at Amish weddings.
Although a few Amish learn to play traditional instruments such as the harmonica or the accordion, instruments are not played in public. Thus, singing is usually unaccompanied.
“Sings” or “Singings”, are attended by young people approaching marriage-age. They are usually held in barns on a Sunday evening after a worship service and are an essential element in Amish courting practices as the young participants are encouraged to engage in social discourse between songs.” Wikipedia