Based on my cultural beliefs a perfect family is a family in which all members of the family that stays together and are there for each other in times of happiness and in times of struggles and problems. In my culture a family that is considered perfect if members of the family communicate with each other and support it each other. Such families have meals together as well as setting aside specific activities in which the family engages each other. Such activities may include playing sports, holidays, picnics and hikes. This activities offer bonding sessions for family members and they help them understand and know each other better.
In addition, my culture considers a perfect family is one where the parents support and love their children equally. In such families parent provide children with equal life opportunities in terms of education and social amenities despite their age or gender. Such parents motivate their children to achieve great heights in any field that they may want to pursue. Perfect families also come together for family functions and set aside some time to support each other during such functions. Such functions include birthdays, graduations weddings and funerals. In addition, such functions also provide a platform through which a family can communicate with one another as well as show their love and support for each other.
My family meets some of the definitions that society has placed on what a perfect family should be. This is mainly because my family comes together for functions and people are very supportive of each other. Members of my family also engage in social activities, however, this is not very often. Despite this fact we are able to bond with each other during such activities. Communication is also key in our family, since as a family we understand that it is the most important element of excellent relationships. We call each other often in an effort to try and understand what everyone is doing with their lives. In times of funerals we come together in support of those affected. Also in times of weddings we do support each other as a family. This is especially true for my extended family. I also actively interact with my cousins and siblings on social media websites such as Facebook.
Not much has changed over the years in my family. When I was younger my close family still supported each other. I also had a greater connection with my siblings. This is mainly because we shared rooms, clothes and had a lot of time to spend together. This is mainly because we used to go to school together and spend most of the time home together. When I was younger we used to share meals every day and we would communicate and tell stories over dinner .When I was younger I think there was less interaction between family members especially those who were distant. This is mainly because communication was not as easy as in the modern time. Such relationships have evolved mainly because most of my siblings have moved out of home and are living on their own. This has created a gap between us. Although we communicate from time to time the bond we had as children has been affected. I still love them and whenever we find time we spend it together. This is especially during the holidays.
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