Classifying Family Essay

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Our families were the sowers of our seeds. They were the biological lab from which you and I were synthesized. Without any part of them, we would not be not us but a whole different arrangement of atoms unlike any before it. It is because of this unconditional inclusion that we look, act, and think at least somewhat like our family. Our actions and beliefs reflect our families and expose differences between them and other families. These differences help to classify families and assign certain statistical trends to them as well. Whether your family is large or small, far or near, it is classified according to the components that make it unique. Classifying family types can help us better understand what is expected of us.

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The mother has no specific duty to provide an income to the family, but instead might volunteer her free time to the community, a part time job, or most importantly to her children. The mother takes on stereotypical roles such as cooking, cleaning, and watching the kids. Having a special attachment to her kids, the mother provides unconditional love and encouragement for the family. When going gets tough, the mother is the shelter for her children while the father works to sort out the problem. In addition to the mother’s household roles is the expectation to provide the children with the social skills they need at, for example, a birthday party. The roles do vary between mother and father depending on family circumstance, but the “picture perfect” family typically follows the …show more content…
A broken family is one that loses a piece of it to death, divorce, incarceration, or any other type of loss or isolation. There are a few different types of broken families. The differences lie in what piece of the family is lost. Eighty percent of single-parent households are those without a father. A family that suffers the loss of a father or father-figure often imposes hardships on the children. Children who are raised in a single-parent household are “less likely to complete high school” (Link). The broken family is sometimes stereotyped to have a lower income and suffer more economic hardships than those who have two-parent households as well. The role of the single mother is less focused on love and encouragement and more so focused on support and earning money to support the family. This often overwhelming role of the mother results in less family time, more freedoms to the kids, and less attention given to the children’s studies and/or extracurriculars. Inattentiveness of a mother towards her children can result in lower academic performance, lower self-esteem, weak ties to family members, and a feeling of loneliness or isolation.

Families considered broken because of the loss of the mother suffer hardships as well. The father assumes all of his duties and focuses on supporting the family as best he can. Money may or may not be an issue depending on his job, but

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