Family is defined as a group of people related by blood, marriage, or adoption living together. Remember: -We are not defining families by how many, and what kind of people they have -We define them by what they do
Definitions spouse an adult family-partner (intimate friendship) when married, is called a husband or wife, when not married… common-law partner an adult family-partner (intimate friendship), you are not married to
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
Different Types of Families Family Form the number of adults, the type of relationship that the adults have, and then number of children make up the family form Nuclear Family two parents, one or more kids
DYAD FAMILY Consists of two people living together, usually a woman and a man, without children. Ex. Newly married couples, Live-in couples. COHABITATION FAMILY Are composed of heterosexual couples, and perhaps children, who live together but remained unmarried.
Types of Families Breadwinner Family two parents, one works, one stays at home Dual-income Family two parents, both work Blended Family In a blended, or a remarriage, or reconstituted family, a divorced or widowed person with children marries someone who also has children.
EXTENDED FAMILY (multigenerational family) An extended family includes not only the nuclear family but also other family members such as grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, cousin and grandchildren. POLYGAMOUS FAMILY A marriage with multiple wives.
Lone-parent or Single-parent Family a family with one adult and one ore more kids can be made by:
always having only one parent
starting with two parents, then separating, divorcing
COMMUNAL FAMILY Communes are formed by groups of people who choose to live together as an extended family. Their relationship to each other is motivated by social or religious values rather than kinship. Same-sex Families parents / adults are either both women or both men sometimes kids, sometimes no kids
Immediate Family mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters the closest members (live with them normally) Adoptive Families one or more children child is NOT blood relative to either parent Foster Families temporary families adults care for children who cannot live with their own parents (many reasons why)
A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.
F A M I L Y STORY I ran into a stranger as he passed by, "Oh excuse me please" was my reply. He said, "Please excuse me too; I wasn't watching for you."
We were very polite, this stranger and I. We went on our way and we said goodbye. But at home a different story is told, How we treat our loved ones, young and old.
Later that day, cooking the evening meal, My son stood beside me very still. When I turned, I nearly knocked him down. "Move out of the way," I said with a frown.
He walked away, his little heart broken. I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken. While I lay awake in bed, God's still small voice came to me and said,
"While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use, but the family you love, you seem to abuse.
Go and look on the kitchen floor, You'll find some flowers there by the door.
Those are the flowers he brought for you. He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue. He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise, you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."
By this time, I felt very small, And now my tears began to fall. I quietly went and knelt by his bed; "Wake up, little one, wake up," I said
"Are these the flowers you picked for me?" He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.
I picked 'em because they're pretty like you. I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue." I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today; I shouldn't have yelled at you that way." He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay. I love you anyway."
I said, "Son, I love you too, and I do like the flowers, especially the blue." FAMILY Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.
And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don't you think? So what is behind the story?
Do you know what the word FAMILY means? FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU