What Does Your Family Fit The Nuclear? Essay

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Question: To what extent does your family fit the ‘Nuclear’ family, which is still, against the evidence seen as the norm in Western society? Growing up, I never really understood what a “normal” family was supposed to look like. Before I was even born, my parents had split for good (although the were never married). I stayed primarily with my mother, and it was just the two of us for about four years, although we stayed with others along the way. I interviewed my mother about this time in her life and the struggles she went through, that those in a nuclear family might not experience. When I was born, my mother already had a college degree in education, but no teaching job. We lived with a friend of hers when I was just a newborn baby, and we were technically homeless. She had government assistance for childcare, and that was all at that point in time. One day, the woman we lived with at the time, named Lee, told her about a program called WIC (Women, Infants, and Children). To give some background on WIC, their mission statement reads “To safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.”(1) Previously, I did not know WIC could be used at co-ops and other grocery stores that offer an array of healthy options. My mother explained to me that she utilized the program very efficiently though, she 1 stated, “you
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