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1) Describe the five types of Family. It is continuously said that "a family that prays together, stays together." But I have to ask, what is a family really?" Well 'Contemporary Moral Issues' describes the family as being our basic social unit. It also states that it is a biologically related group, which may consist of a husband and wife with children. However, a family doesn't have to be related. According to the 'Merriam Webster's Dictionary' the family is a group of individuals living under one roof and one head. It is in the family that learning begins, and what kind of family a person comes from can determine his/her future. For example, a child that comes from a broken family is more likely to drop out of school than one that comes from a home where there is love and encouragement. 'Contemporary Moral Issues' also tell us that the family is the smallest and most common group in society. What kind of family that's in a society can affect it either positively or negatively. ...read more.


In some single- parent families there is a special bond between parent and child, this bond can't be broken and may prove to be helpful at some point in time. The parent and child would be able to talk to each other about almost everything so that when one is feeling heavy burdened, all he has to do is talk about it with the other. Another family type in our society is the Extended Family. It may include parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Being in this type of family may mean lots of love. There will always be someone there to talk to about life's many problems or to help with home- work. With the grandparents living there with the younger generation, they can help to train the children in a way that is pleasing in the sight of God. Even if it means using some good old fashioned discipline. There will always be someone at home waiting for the children to come home from their school. In the Bahamian society today there is also the Common- law family, where the man and woman live together with child/ children but are not married. ...read more.


Most parents become very emotional at this point while still getting use to the idea that their offspring are no longer living with them. Next comes the retirement stage, the stage where the couple has adjusted to the changes that come along with retiring from their jobs and their work force. A Blended family is a family where there is a parent, stepparent, children and/or stepchildren. In this type of family the major conflict is between the children. They may become angry at having to leave the house they grew up in, to live somewhere else. They may feel that by their parent's marriage they may forget about their natural mom or dad. They may also then take their frustration out on their parent and step- parent by being rebellious. Everyone is a part of a certain type of family whether it is nuclear, extended, common-law, single- parent or blended. No matter what family type you are a part of there remains the family concept of trust, respect, consideration and love for each other. These are the most basic things that hold a family together, but as you have seen every family no matter what type can have both negative and positive impacts upon the society in general and its members. ...read more.

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