Dependability In the Community

vs. inconsistency

Fulfilling commitments even in the face of difficulty

To practice Dependability, I will: 

  • keep my word
  • be careful what I promise
  • correct my mistakes
  • do my fair share
  • be aware of my limits

Dependability in the Family

My mother passed away last year, weeks before her 97th birthday. She had been in assisted living or nursing care for over ten years. Even so, she needed much family care, hand-holding, and daily visits. I was the primary person in charge of her care and finances. While I did the bulk of the work, I was by no means alone. My siblings appreciated that I had stepped up to take care of things. Because of this, they never said No to me whenever I asked for help. For example, when Mom was in the hospital or recovering from a stay, she needed someone with her all day and sometimes all night. Having a family member there helped to lessen her anxiety and fears. I would send an email out asking for sibling availability. Even the sibling spouses pitched in to help. Using everyone’s prompt responses, I would create a master schedule. Everyone was dependable, showed up on time, and volunteered enough to distribute the work. Mom knew she could depend on us to care for her, and each of us knew they could count on the other siblings to lighten the load.

Dependability is a key quality in any relationship, and it’s especially important in families. When family members are dependable, they can count on each other for support, help, and companionship. This can make a big difference in the overall happiness and well-being of the family unit. Being a dependable family takes time, effort, and commitment. However, the benefits are worth it. A dependable family is a strong family that can weather any storm.

How can Dependability strengthen your family?

The Links below will take you to Resources you can use with the family or within community organizations
to teach the Character Quality of Dependability.
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