Notes On Family And Family

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family |ˈfam(ə)lē| noun ( pl. families )
1 [ treated as sing. or pl. ] a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household.

Over the years, the term 'family ' has been greatly expanded from the black-and-white dictionary definition you see above. Although a traditional family is usually thought of as a two people bonded in marriage and their biological children, this is not always true. Personally, I believe that a family can be anyone who you love and support, and who loves and supports you equally. They don 't necessarily have to be blood-related to you or related to you by marriage. Friends can count as family sometimes as well. A prime example of this in my life is my Uncle Sean. He 's not related to any of the people in my family- in fact, he 's adopted, so he isn 't blood-related to anyone in his own family. However, I still consider him to be one of my closest relatives. He is a friend of my parents, and he grew up with me more than many of my biological uncles and aunts. His son is my cousin, and he is my uncle, whether or not we 're technically related. There are many different kinds of families within the society we live in today. There is the traditional family- a man and a woman, married, with biological children between them. But there are also many different kinds of families- adoptive families, families with only one parent, families with parents of the same gender, families with both biological and adoptive children, families in
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