Family Situation

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Family Situation Paper The Smith family stared in 1981 when Bill and Sandy married. They purchased a home in the Flint community where they hoped to start a family. Bill was a lawyer for his fathers firm and worked very long and hard hours. Sandy worked as a legal secretary for her husband. For three years the couple worked together and built up their savings in order to better prepare for their future. They had their first child, Sarah, in 1984. She became their number one priority in life and was given many things Bill and Sandy never had in their childhood. Sandy quit her job to permanetly stay home with her. In 1987, the couple had their second daughter, Kristine. While growing up, Sarah and Kristine got along well, but they always seemed to be at competition with one another. They were both enrolled in tap, ballet, and jazz classes at the age of three, and began playing tennis at the age of five.

For Kristine, she never felt she could live up to her sisters accomplishments. It was as if Sarah was always a step above her in everything they did. They both took etiquette classes for years to teach them how to be little ladies and had piano lessons once a week. Kristine was always less willing to give her all when it came to extra curricular activities. She would try hard, but as soon as she realized she wasn't as good as Sarah, she would give up. Not noticing this underlying competition between the girls, Bill and Sandy would encourage Kristine to try harder and constantly compare her to Sarah.

Sarah seemed to enjoy all of her after school activities. In high school, she was enrolled in varsity tennis, choir, and was the vice president of her class. She had many friends and was the "perfect student" to her teachers. Bill and Sandy demanded a lot from her, but Sarah never seemed to mind. They attended every possible parent-teacher conference and would actively take notes during the meetings. If they felt Sarah was not performing to their standards, they would let her know. Bill and Sandy loved Sarah more than life itself. They were great parents who were actively invloved in her life. They never missed a tennis match, or a choir performance, but yet they always had suggestions on how to improve her skill. This began to wear on Sarah. She began to feel that she could never please her parents and that nothing she did was ever good enough.