Families are… Different for everyone… Some big, some small Can be defined by the roles involved Mother, father, children, etc Or can be defined by the people involved Maria, Shawn, Ian, Cheryl, etc
An acceptable definition Families … are any group of two or more people who share a connection over a long period of time share connections by one or more of: blood relation birth and / or adoption mutual consent together, perform the responsibilities of families
What does this mean? If two or more people , agree that they want to be a family, and, act like families act, then, THEY ARE a family! A question naturally comes from this definition… Do you have any questions from reading this definition?
What do families do? Families naturally do one or more or all of these actions / functions Functions of the Family physical care and health maintenance of all members get more members by birth or adoption (or… ) prepare children for adulthood in society (socialization) control and accountability for children provide food, shelter, safety by working, earning money, and spending it to meet these needs provide love