Family is defined as the basic fundamental unit in the society. It is composed of the parents and their children. The parents can both exist or one of can be present. The family share common goals and they live in one place they call home (Dickey, 2010). They share a common ancestry. Having a family is a very important thing because it helps one in having a place to call home. The family participates in activities that foster unity. The family helps a person to have strength to face the daily challenges. Families can sometimes miss one parent through death and in other cases; the mother may decide to raise the children alone without the father. My immediate family is composed my husband, 13 year old triplets and myself. My extended family includes my parents and my brother. It also includes my brother in-laws, sister in-laws and their immediate families. I also consider everybody who is related to me by blood my extended family.
I live in a predominant Caucasian American neighborhood and that my family is like other families because we celebrate holidays in a similar way. We eat the same kinds of food. During the celebrations, all the families decorate their homes in a similar way. The families in my neighborhood just like us go to enjoy antique car shows, which is a popular attraction in our home area. My family is different from the rest of the other families in the neighborhood because we do not like sports. My neighbors love sports and they involve themselves daily in different sporting activities. In my family, we take our dinner very late. We take our dinner at 8pm while the rest of the families in the neighborhood have their dinner very early in the evening at around 7 pm.
I am a Latino woman born in Brazil and my husband is a Caucasian born in America. I still have a strong attachment to my family back at home and even living in a different country I talk to my parents every day. This has influenced us in one way or another. The emotions experienced have influenced what happens in our daily lives. The happy and hard times are because of the connection that we still have with my motherland. I lived with my parents until I got married and I still have a bedroom in their house. The climate here is different from the place where I come from. My father is a diabetic and this runs in our family because I am also diabetic but I have tried to control it. Statistics show that diabetic runs in the blood of the family (Kaakinen et al, 2010). One of my triplets is also diabetic. My husband rarely goes to see his family. He does not talk to them regularly. He only visits them during holidays. My husband moved out of his parents’ house when he turned 18. We have decided to raise our kids following my culture. My husband has been treated of depression before and i do not want our kids to pass suffer from depression. This is because my husband is an alcoholic and spends money on things that have no value to us. The kids have learnt to live with the fact that their father is an alcoholic.
Kaakinen, J. R., Gedaly-Duff, V., Hanson, S. M. H., & Coelho, D. P. (2010). Family Health Care Nursing: Theory, Practice, and Research. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Co.
Dickey, A. L. (2010). God's blended family: Clarity, healing and spiritual warfare for blended, biological and other family types. Maitland, FL.: Xulon Press.