1. Purpose This article aims to identify the important role of family in shaping a civil society and citizenship, especially regarding the younger generation. 2. Methodology The article presents the results of the discussions at the conference entitled 'Time for growth. Man and business in a civil society'. The subject of this discussion was the role of family in shaping a civil society and the values of citizenship. Also a diagnostic survey was used, entitled: 'Are we a civil society', which was conducted among 441 respondents. 3. Findings The family is a social structure, which should be particularly protected and supported, especially when its operation is changed. The Polish family is currently in a specific situation. On the one hand, it can be seen moving away from the values of a traditional family and, on the other hand, it tries to adjust to the modern society. Over the centuries much has changed in the family model. Basic changes in the family structure can be attributed to the transformations in contemporary society. Nowadays, the family has limited control. Modern living conditions, particularly in urban areas, are not helpful when it comes to parents having any control over their children. This contributes to the anonymity of individuals, to prolonged periods of time spent outside the home, etc. 4. Originality The topic that is discussed here is very important, especially in the context of the ongoing discussion on the definition of media, the role of family and social support. A civil society must have its origin in the family.