My Personal Definition of Family
Family is one of the most important social groups that we belong to as a species. As mammals we grow up learning from our elders while they do their best at integrating usinto society and social circles. It is through family that we learn most of our values and find the meaning to our lives. Without our families we would not be the same people as we age and mature. Looking deeper into the history of man, the word family cantake on several different meanings. Most people think of a family as having a mother and father, some children, but a family could be almost any group with common characteristics. All of the many different types of families are very important to society as well as the individual as they mature and find their own place in life and society.
There are several different definitions of the word family in the dictionary. The first definition in the dictionary is, "kindred, especially one's own spouse, parents, and children". This definition goes along with the common perception of the traditional family.The traditional family has in the past served three primary social functions: providing a labour force, the transmission of property, and the education of children toprepare them to start their own family. This had created a cycle which allows humanity to expand and flourish. The offspring of one family make their own family and that family's offspring makes their own family and so on and so forth, the cycle continues. Children learn the methods that they will use in their life to create their own families. Without the support of this traditional family, society could not work because there is no way a child can live and learn on their own. Of course today the term “traditional” may not be politically correct as society is slowly recognizing and accepting LGBT families.
Some say this traditional family is dying and maybe it is....
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