SHIPSHAPE: Family Fundamentals

Kim and Steve cartoons in garden setting

Family Fundamentals is for leaders. If that isn’t you – don’t walk away. No one becomes a good leader overnight; your family’s future depends on you filling these shoes.

“Healthy societies are underpinned by powerful and aware individuals – who are free to explore thoughts and ideas within the reasonable confines of basic decency and ethics”

Societies across the globe have, for many centuries, been locked into false dualisms, contrived debates, and polarised narratives intended to foster division and prevent basic cooperation.

We are pitted against each other by people in power who know exactly what they are doing. For us to bicker and fuss about unimportant issues and contrived problems means that we are adequately distracted from working together and forming strong and stable communities.

Groups that are constructively self-governed are not easily led by advertisers, corporations and corrupt governments, none of whom work in our best interests.

Numerous examples in politics, sports, philosophy, and even the arts can and will be provided in our upcoming new book series, The Business of Marriage.

Strong and stable families excel at sharing resources—making them wealthy—but poor consumers. None of these attributes are in the interest of most governments or corporations.

Yet the concept of the free and mobile individual was set forward as the key to success in both the capitalist and socialist philosophical models of the twentieth century. Families are a fascinating and exponentially more powerful expression of the same idea: a free and virtuous cog in the larger productive mechanism that is the society, the economy, and the culture.

Healthy societies are underpinned by powerful and aware individuals who are free to explore thoughts and ideas within the reasonable confines of basic decency and ethics.

“We will never improve our political systems until we start in our homes.”

The functional family occupies a special place in society, and if humanity is to flourish, it must continue to do so. Hence, building stronger families, in many ways, is a positive revolutionary act. We are faced with no other option.

Why Build or Rebuild a Family?

How many ways can a family be torn apart? Addiction, neglect, separation, divorce, abandonment, death, war, mental illness, gambling, incest, infidelity. . .    for starters.

With so many forces at work tearing families apart, isn’t it time that a guide was written about how to put one back together?

Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge Demonstrates the Power in Refusing to Fight

If you search the internet on how to set up a business or corporation, you will receive lots of detailed and highly professional advice. Search for how to build a family, and you will get a lot of vague, unstructured platitudes, such as ‘Communicate and make sure you spend time together’. But in practice, what does this mean?

Wishy-washy and unstructured is not what you will get here.

Family Fundamentals is not about platitudes but about setting up a financially, emotionally, and physically solid family.

“Will you be the person to bring peace and prosperity to your family? If not you,  then who?”


The Family Fundamentals resources at The Love Safety Net are best used in conjunction with The Love Safety Net Workbook.

All of the Family Fundamentals materials at The Love Safety Net are free (or will become so shortly). The site has grown organically over the years and, without the workbook to guide you, you may find it a bit disorganised, but you are welcome to work through what you find there in whatever order you wish.

For better guidance, you can purchase the workbook here: The Love Safety Net Workbook. You will gain access by becoming a paid subscriber at Kim Cooper on Substack; this includes a comment section where you can interact with us and other readers as you work through the exercises that will help you establish the four pillars of a peaceful and productive home.

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