The Driving Forces Behind The Decisions

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Who am I? What are the driving forces behind the decisions I make for myself and for my children? The answers to these questions have been shaped by my upbringing and my own personal interactions and experiences with the people who have come in and out of my life and the community I live in. My values, morals, beliefs, and cultural views have developed over time and continue to keep me grounded while working with children and families with different ethnic backgrounds. Before I discuss where I am, let me share my journey on how I got here.
Growing up in a poor, abusive, single parent, Caucasian home in a middle class neighborhood has defiantly had a significant impact on the person I am today. I would definitely consider my family to be one of large power distance. What my mother said went, children were seen and not heard, and you were expected to follow all rules and ask no questions. According to (Thorton, 2001) Children growing up in single parent households are reported to obtain fewer years of education, are more likely to drop out of school, have lower earnings in young adulthood, and are more likely to be poor in adulthood than children from two parent homes. While this may hold true for some children, I would like to think it was the complete opposite for me. I knew from a very young age that I wanted my life to be different, and I was the only one who could make it happen. I was surrounded by a generation of adults who believed the most important thing was

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