Part 1: Definition of Family
When looking up the definition of family I found this definition “A group consisting of parents and children living together in a household.” (Dictionary.com) I think this barely scratches the surface of what a family actually is.
There are several adjectives that come to mind when I think of family. Security. Comfort. Fulfillment. Memories. History. Future. Love. Support. Do all these things come from the parents and children living together in a household? No, I believe it is SO much more than that.
I think that a family is the primary relationship, or relationships in your life. The people you go to when you have good news or bad news. The shoulders you cry on. The people that know the private details of your life and love you unconditionally. The people that share faith, and celebrations and grieve together.
I live with my husband and two children. We are a core unit. My husband and I equally share responsibilities including supporting our children, raising our children and housekeeping. We hope to show the children that companionship and compromise are two very components of a successful marriage. We also show them that being an active participant in the family is important, as we all have unique roles to play, and it takes all four of us to make the family complete.
We also rely heavily on my husband’s parents. My children share a very close bond with them. They have provided with emotional support and financial support. We pray next to them at church each Sunday. I thank the Lord for them at church each Sunday. Although they are a secondary attachment for us, we consider them critical to our family functioning smoothly.
In conclusion, I think I have given the idea of what family means to me. The definition I found is so generic. Parents and children could live under the same roof and not share experiences, interests, or time. I suppose they would still be a family in...
References: Dictionary.com. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/family
Music, G. (2011). Nurturing Natures. New York, New York: Psychology Press
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