From the editor
Viewers like to laugh at dysfunctional families when we see them in television sitcoms. The list of programs is long – Roseanne, Married…with Children, Malcolm in the Middle. And then there are animated hits like The Simpsons and Family Guy.
Why are they funny? Maybe because they remind us a little of our own families.
If you check the Wikipedia definition of dysfunctional family, there isn’t anything humorous. These are the sorts of families often portrayed in the long list of television crime dramas. Even though they’re tragic, we still watch.
What happens in a family often stays within the family. How often have you been surprised to hear about a couple who are divorcing? From the outside, everything appeared harmonious.
As kids grow up, some can’t wait to leave their home and family behind. Others will forever have close bonds to their parents and siblings. Family emotions and relationships are often very complicated.
Family farms are the ultimate family business. The business side doesn’t usually work very well unless
the family side is working, and yet business risk management often ignores the threat imposed by potential family problems.
In this edition, we’re revisiting the theme of farming with family. You told us that you enjoyed the edition
a couple of years ago that dealt with this topic.
Sorry, we don’t have any sitcoms or crime dramas for you, but as you’d expect, we’ve profiled some successful family operations. We’ve also interviewed experts who work with farm families having difficulties. Hopefully, you’ll find their advice and guidance useful.
Farming with family can provide tremendous satisfaction and fulfilment or it can feel like a trap and drag you down. Remember, like the farm, family relationships need to be nurtured.
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