Characteristics Of Families And How We

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This chapter addressed the different characteristics of families and how we, as teachers, can support these families.
Some of these characteristics involve size and form, cultural background, socioeconomic level, location.
Furthermore, each member of the family has their individual characteristics, relating to their exceptionality, coping styles, and health status.
Lastly, numerous families face challenges such as economic hardships, addictions, abuse and neglect, exposure to violence, imprisonment, illness, teenage parenting, and parenting with a disability.
Families share many aspects, but teachers must keep in mind that each member is a unique individual. Their size and forms, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic levels, and geographic location and individual characteristics each present unique challenges.

The idea of what constitutes a family is subjective. While some might define family as two or more people related to one another cohabitating, others might take a broader stance. For some cultures, people who are close, and not necessarily related, may consider one another family.
Families are all connected, what effects one effects them all. The degree of which the various members are effected depend on their closeness.
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and can change over time. Many children in the United States live only with one parent, or even with neither, rather residing with a foster family.
These differences can cause potential issues, as different…
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