My Family As A Nuclear Family

2058 WordsOct 14, 20179 Pages
Looking back three generations, I can appreciate how my values I have learned through my immediate family have been passed down from generation to generation. I would consider both sides of my family to be a nuclear family, as both sets of my grandparents married before having children. My mother’s parents stayed together until my grandfather died in 2000 at 68 years old, and my father’s parent’s marriage was short lived, after the children graduated high school, consequently ending in divorce. As they were all adults and had moved on with their independent lives, no one felt this split made an impact on their family system. Both of my parents had multiple siblings, and all grew up with authoritative parenting styles, wherein…show more content…
My father’s (Mark) siblings were also close. He grew up in Dallas and met my mother here at Stephen F. Austin. His family all stayed in Dallas, yet they all traveled to my hometown for family gatherings. His brother lived next to us for ten years, and my brother and I played with their two older children almost every day in the summer. When I was in junior high, my uncle decided to relocate his family to Tennessee to pursue his career. They still try and remain close by traveling back once a year for either Christmas or Thanksgiving. I also had a close kinship with my Aunt Saundra’s daughters, whom were always ready to play at the family gatherings. My parents grew up had several social class differences in their childhood. My mother’s family grew up on the verge of poverty. There were five kids when my mother was growing up in a three-bedroom, one bath home, which was the original homestead from the 1890s. The only heat source they had was a wood burning stove. My Grandfather Arlon farmed for a living, and his children were expected to lend a hand around the house. Their gender roles were rather traditional, which included my grandfather working to provide for his family, while my Grandmother Barbara stayed at home to raise five children. Since my mother was the oldest, and the only girl, she quickly learned responsibility, and the value of hard work. She often told me that her goal in life was to offer us, her children, a finer quality of
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