By the time you’re doing work that your family cannot ignore any longer, you have earned your place as a professional.
What you do is not for everyone. But family is different. Family can cut through the politeness surrounding your work. Family is typically indifferent to your professional reputation. Family doesn’t always use filters to express how unprofessional, boring or useless your work truly is. Or how great it truly is.
Unlike your audience, family has no choice but to treat your work as an extension of you. They will find traces of you in every nook and cranny of your work. You can’t hide from them. In both indifference and praise, family’s honesty is a rare commodity.
Family is thus the ultimate sounding board.