A basic social unit consisting of parents and their children considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not, is the traditional definition of family, according to the dictionary. That definition has become more open to interpretation. Sometimes we find family in the most unlikely of places.
The traditional family would have consisted of a father, mother, and biological children living in one household. The paternal or maternal grandparents may also have been included. If the situation necessitated nieces and nephews may also have resided in the same home.
Now, in the year 2014, a family can consist of almost anything. It may be a mom with her children. A family may be a father with his children. But that isn’t the general rule anymore. Many individuals have stepped up to care for someone who doesn’t fit into the traditional definition of family at all. The parents or heads of the household may or may not be married. They may not be of the opposite gender but of the same gender.
What really matters when it comes to defining family? It seems to me the most important part is that each individual is cared for. That they are encouraged to be the absolute best they can be. It’s important that their physical, emotional and spiritual needs are met.
Don’t get yourself down if you don’t fall into the traditional definition of family. Maybe you can reach out to someone else and be their family. You don’t have to be rich or famous. Sharing your heart and care for another may make all of the difference in both of your lives.
Don’t be afraid to consider a pet family. They need to be loved too. There are so many that live in a shelter or rescue that would love to be loved by you.