Essay Family : Family And Marriage

1070 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Family is one small word with lots of strong, powerful meanings. “A family is a group of people related by blood, marriage, or adoption” ("Sociology Chapter 11 family and marriage"). Family comes in all different shape, form, and sizes. Family can be defined as two parents a mom and a dad working together to care for their children, or two dads or two moms raising their children. It can also be one dad or one mom nurturing and trying to provide for their children alone. It can be an adopted family with their children or grandparents taking the responsibility of rising their grandchildren. All these types of family have one common thing “love”. Whichever way you put it family is people you love and care for. One type of family that is becoming more common is blended family.
“The simple definition of a blended family, also called a step family, reconstituted family, or a complex family, is a family unit where one or both parents have children from a previous relationship, but they have combined to form a new family. The parents may or may not then have children with each other” ("Definition of a Blended Family"). In recent year’s blended families has become the norm. “50% of the children in the U.S. are being raised in blended families” (Gracia). Blended families can occur when the parents decide to have a divorce, and then later on in life each of them decide to be remarried but to a different person, this person may or may not have children. This type of family can also…

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