Single parent family

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What is family? The definition of family according to the text is "traditionally defined as a unit made up of two or more people who are related by blood, marriage, or adoption and who live together and form an economic unit." (marriage & families 582). This might include anyone related to by blood or by adoption such as: step parents, grandparents acting as parents, and even brothers and sisters sometimes sharing the same household. The term family has been believed to coincide with the word "marriage". If you were to have a family, you were also thought to have a husband or wife. This is not always the case now a days. So many families are just one guardian, no husband and wife, no mom and dad… just mom, just dad or just grandparent, even aunt or uncle, and in rare instances just brother or sister.

What does family mean? The word family means so much to different people.

To some it means security, love, a sense of being close to someone. To others it might just mean they are related 'to those folks over yonder, somehow', it is just in names only. I personally was raised by a single mother, and even though we had to struggle with one parent, we knew we had the rest of our family, we were still close. My mother raised us to be there for one another, to know our extended family and spend time together.

Now that I am a single parent, I try to keep family close to my son, which it is hard, because unfortunately the in-laws are not a close family and do not see any importance in being close or being there for each other. I am a single parent not by choice, and only temporary, but I...