Family Traditions

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Family Traditions

Culture is an important element of self- identity and contributes to how individuals view themselves and the community they live in. Family is our foundation. If we do not have a foundation to build on, having a strong sense of self might be difficult. Your family is where you get your basic beliefs and understanding about life. I cannot imagine not having the family I have and them teaching me what they taught me. Beliefs, social values and ethics vary depending on the community and/or ethnic group. I tend to consider culture as being types of foods eaten, religious practices, politics, clothing worn and music. The ways in which people live within the community are passed down from generation to generation.
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You do what you have to do to survive. I think this poem can speak directly to the young generation today. Our children today are spoiled compared to children fifty years ago or even twenty years ago. They take for granted the hard labor and sweat our ancestors went through to earn a simple dollar. If children today were faced with the same trials and tribulations of those our ancestors experienced they would surely be full of complaints.
Keeping the family name alive is of most importance to my family. After my maternal and paternal grandmothers passed away, the family cohesion seemed to be lost. My grandmothers definitely held the family together but of course we did not realize that until they were no longer around. The holiday dinners and parties no longer took place and all of the family members began to scatter and lose contact. Since then, my family has reconnected and regained the unity we lost for a short while. We are now closer than ever and continue to tell the same stories our grandparents passed on to us. I find myself telling my son stories that were told to me as a child because I do not want that history to be lost. I believe knowing the struggle of my grandparents during the great depression and through segregation made me appreciate what I have today. I want my son, nieces and nephews to see that anything in life is possible.
Cultural identity is something that must start at home. Parents should teach their children
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