A good family life, with a father who is present and strong in Christian faith, in which both mother and father who are in harmony and love one another, is the key to a child’s socialization according to Dr. John Boojamra of blessed memory in his book Foundations of [Orthodox] Christian Education.
Dr. John taught at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in Crestwood, NY.
Dr. Albert S. Rossi, PhD, has written an article for the Orthodox Church in America’s Resource Handbook for Lay Ministries: Family Life Section, entitled Family as Garden.
Families with members with disabilities are gardens, too, and each “plant” is important.
Picture from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary’s Faculty Page: http://old.svots.edu/Faculty/Albert-Rossi/index.html