What is F.A.M.I.L.Y?

DD1 came home a few weeks ago and shared that her teacher gave this story as a listening comprehension passage followed by her oral assessment practice.

What is a family? 

A father came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

Son: "Father, may I ask you a question?"

Father replied: "Yeah sure, what is it?"

Son: "Father, how much do you make an hour?"

Father said angrily: "That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?"

Son: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?"

Father: "If you must know, I make $20 an hour."

"Oh," the little boy replied, with his head down. Looking up, he said, "Father, may I please borrow $10?"

The father was furious, "If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such childish behaviour."

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. Father sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After about an hour or so, the father had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $10 and he really didn't ask for money very often.

The father went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.

"Are you asleep, son?" Father asked.

"No Father, I am awake," replied the little boy.

"I have been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier," said the father. "It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $10 you asked for."

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. "Oh, thank you Father!" He yelled.

Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.

The father, seeing that the little boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

"Why do you want more money if you already have some?" the father grumbled.

"Because I didn't have enough, but now I do," the little boy replied.

"Father, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you."

Moral of the Story: Share this story with someone you like… But even better, share $20 worth of time with someone you love. It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life.

We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.

But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family. An unwise investment indeed!

So what is the moral of the story?

Don't work too hard…and you know what the full word of FAMILY is?


Spend quality time for the people you are working so hard for… the people that really matter. 

Time with family

This story is too true.

Parents need to spend time with their kids.

Nothing can replace how this interaction shapes kids development and values.

The Best Gift

It is a very touching story, serve a great reminder to all parents, especially working group.


When I was a child, one year on my birthday, I requested to have my daddy's time as my birthday present because I belive that is the most precious thing he thinks and that is the most difficult thing he can give.

Now when I am parent, I should not let my child think like this!

I suppose this is one of

I suppose this is one of those half-full vs half-empty questions 🙂

IMHO, money is important, but not as important as familial love.  And time together is a critical component in cultivating understanding and love.

FAMILY : Forget About Money Is Losing You

Love is not calculated by the amount of quality time spend together. Love without money is unsustainable. Money can buy love but love cannot replace money.

There's no greater gift a

There's no greater gift a parent can give to a child than his or her time.  It's not the amount of money we spend on a child's enrichment programmes that makes a balanced child – it is the time we spend showing our children how to lead a balanced life.

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