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My Family As A Normal Family

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The question I tend to ask a lot these days, especially after my two children have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, tends to be: “What is normal?” Growing up, I would consider my family to be a “normal family.” I have a mother and father who have been married for 38 years, and a younger brother who is three years and four months younger than I am. We were the typical four-person family with one daughter and one son. My mother considered us the “perfect family” because she had the best of both worlds. To me, this is what a normal family should look like.
One of the most important family value my mother and father taught was to be supportive for one another, and how to be there for your family. My brother and I were
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My husband and I have very similar gender roles that both of our parents exhibited while we were growing up. My family values of treating others as you would like to be treated, be respectful, put 100% into everything you do, and most importantly, love and care for your family are still very strong to this day. I appreciate the opportunities and values my parents have instilled in me, and I hope to bestow upon my children similar values and opportunities for them.
I taught high school science for ten years, and when I first started teaching I assumed every one of my students had the same upbringing as I did. However, I quickly realized how the norm I was familiar with, was not necessarily what my students were experiencing. Many of my students came from non-traditional families. They predominantly came from homes of divorced parents, children living with grandparents, or even children staying with a friend’s family because living with their parents was not an option. I was concerned because I felt their family life at home was not stable enough for them to be successful. I believed the only reason for my success was because of my family structure. My parents were always pushing me to make good grades, checking to see if I completed all my homework, and expected the best that I could do in every aspect of my schooling. Because I felt my students didn’t have this support, it was my responsibility to fill that void. Fonteboa (2013) conducted a study that
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