Family

I was, moreover, opposed by mine own kindred, although, as Thou knowest, they were dear to me and I had desired for them that which I had desired for mine own self.

Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 107

If a man in his own home doth not treat his relations and friends with entire trustworthiness and integrity, his dealings with the outside world -- no matter how much trustworthiness and honesty he may bring to them -- will prove barren and unproductive. First one should order one's own domestic affairs, then attend to one's business with the public.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 339

If one of thy relations oppress thee, complain not against him before the magistrate; rather manifest magnificent patience during every calamity and hardship. Verily thy Master is the Lord of Faithfulness! Forgive and overlook the shortcomings which have appeared in that one, for the sake of love and affection.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 374

It is highly important for man to raise a family. So long as he is young, because of youthful self-complacency, he does not realize its significance, but this will be a source of regret when he grows old.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Lights of Guidance, p. 219

Note ye how easily, where unity existeth in a given family, the affairs of that family are conducted; what progress the members of that family make, how they prosper in the world. Their concerns are in order, they enjoy comfort and tranquility, they are secure, their position is assured, they come to be envied by all.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 278

Both Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb emphasize the need of children in marriage. The latter, for example, states that to beget children is the highest physical fruit of man's existence. But neither say whether the number of children should be limited or not. Or if it is to be limited what is the proper method to be used.

Shoghi Effendi, Unrestrained as the Wind, p. 132