However, I am taking a Dynamics of Family Relationships class that is proving to very interesting indeed.
Chapter One: What Defines A Family?
As you might guess, the definition of a family is very broad and is not neccessarily limited to mom, dad and 2.5 kids. Everyone in the class is pretty much on the same page with this view.
However, our instructor asked us to list 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Functional Family. After completing our lists, we were supposed to team up with another person and share. While I didn't hear everyone's complete list, I got snippets here and there of a few. This is where I was more than mildly surprised.
Here are three (I can remember) characteristics that seemed extra special:
- multiple cars
- 4-5 children
- church going
First and foremost, I don't believe there is a healthy, functional family on the planet. I believe we all have varying types of DYSfunction, some more acceptable than others. But am I doing something wrong if we only own one car? Do churchgoers have a better family life?
Are these things people really see as important to the family life?
So, tell me, what would your list say?