There are many different types of families which exist in various cultures. Each person will define family according to their cultural standards. Oxford Dictionary defines family as a set that includes parents and children that all live together in one household. Family also includes a group of people related to one another by blood or marriage. In my orthodox Jewish community many types of families exist. The various forms of a family are nuclear family, single parent families, extended family and community. I personally can add my students, coworkers and close friends to my definition of family. I am a teacher in a special education school called The School for Children with Hidden Intelligence (SCHI). I am a one-on-one aid for a six year old girl who has many physical handicaps. I have been working with her for two years already. I definitely consider this student part of my family because of the extremely close bond we share. Because of her disabilities she constantly needs help. She knows she can count on me and I am always ready and eager to help her. I am also very close with her nuclear family. One of her parents drives her back and forth to school every day. This gives me many opportunities to talk to them and work together to help their daughter together as a family. The staff members in my school all consider themselves one big SCHI family. We feel so connected because we are all working towards the same goal, to help the children reach their potential. There is a big staff lounge where we get to socialize and enjoy time together. Even more so, we are there for each other when times get tough. It does not matter if one is a teacher, physical therapist, speech therapist or a teacher’s assistant we all consider ourselves on big happy family. I feel privileged to be part of such a wonderful family. I am also part of a nuclear family. The Oxford dictionary defines nuclear family as “a family that consists of father, mother and children, when it is...
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