What Does Family Mean To You?

Each one of us has a different meaning of what family means to us. A family can be defined in many ways. Is a ‘normal family” a married mother and father and their biological children living together under one roof?

Today a family is more likely to be defined as a specific group of people that may be made up of partners, children, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. There are many types of families and some include: Nuclear family, Adopted family, Step family, Foster family, Traditional family and Complex family.

Here is what family means to me

Family means a lot to me. Growing up in a family of 6 was so much fun. My siblings and I used to have so much fun as kids. We grew up on a small holding so it was the outdoors life for us. The good ole days they were. We never had a lot of money but we had each other. We used to make up our own games and keep ourselves occupied for hours. We sometimes fought like cat and dog but always made up.

Now we are older we have gone our own separate ways. My older sister lives in Vancouver, but we are still just as close. Technology nowadays makes it so much easier to keep in contact. My siblings are a huge part of my family and I couldn’t do without them.

A family can be anyone you choose it to be.

Wise words indeed. The nuclear family is not like the TV show 2.4 Children from the 90’s anymore!

What Makes a Family?

My family is the people around me who love and care for me. I have my ‘immediate family’ as well as my ‘extended family’.

My immediate family now consists of my husband and baby girl. They truly are my whole world. My husband’s parents and my parents are so helpful, understanding and always there for us. Since I went back to work in October we rely on all the ‘grandparents’ for looking after baby girl. We could never afford nursery fees and cannot afford for me not to go back to work. They are also an integral part of our modern family.

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So what does family mean to you? Who makes up your family?

As always I love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by.

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4 Comments

  1. Olivia Kirby
    January 8, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    I have a husband, a nearly 15 year old son, 7 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. My Mum quit work when I had my eldest to help me out while I worked. I live 4 miles away from them and all 3 of my children have attended or are attending the primary school that I did in the village my parents live in. My sister lives in the same village. If we want overnight babysitting the children go to my inlaws about an hour away, it’s not often so they love it. I have had the same job for 20 years and my husband works from home, I’d never want to be far from my family.

    • Rachel
      January 8, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      That’s amazing having all your family so close. I would have loved my baby girl to be able to attend the primary school I went to but unfortunately it closed down over 10 years ago.

      Thanks for stopping by xx

  2. January 6, 2017 / 7:25 am

    my partner and my daughter mean everything to me too! My daughter had to go to nursery as my parents all work full time still, I had Evie young but even now if I had more children, my mum and Adams mum wouldn’t be able to stop working to help us look after them. Makes us feel a bit stuck! But it’s lovely that so many others have that support from friends and family these days because nursery fees are so pricey!

    • Rachel
      January 6, 2017 / 12:22 pm

      We are in a similar situation but both my parents and my husbands are elderly. So just 2 days a week is do able for my mum to look after baby girl. If we had another baby I’m not sure what we would do.

      Thanks for stopping by xx

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