February 22, 2013
There are many different types of families. Some are close to one another and some are not. Some are from different backgrounds, traditions and heritages. Some have a variety of people who live within the household, including extended family or grandparents. No matter how a family is made up, there is always a basic cord that ties them together. These are just some of the things that make up family ties.
Family ties are those things that make a family very close. A lack of family ties can make them not very close at all. A traditional family, for instance, may have family reunions every year to keep them close. Others may live very far apart and are not able to see each other often. Having dinner at the grandparents’ house after church on Sunday, might be another tradition that families participate in to stay close to one another. Sadly, some families never see one another at all.
In the early 1900’s, when one thought of a family, they usually would think of the “nuclear family.” A “nuclear family” is one where the father goes to work all day, while the mother keeps up the house hold and has supper ready when her husband came home. They would have one boy and one girl, who went off to school in the mornings. In today’s society, a family is not defined as the “nuclear family.” A family today might be made up of mothers, fathers, step-fathers, step-mothers, and in some cases, homosexual partners who have adopted a child. A family that stays together for instance, is honest with one another. They tell each other their problems and stick together until the problem is solved. As the old saying goes, “A family that prays together stays together.” This might sound cliché, but it is still very true today. A family that believes in God, goes to church, and prays for each other are more likely to stay together than people who don’t. However, family can fall apart due to drugs or alcohol. For...