Posted by: coachingparents | August 9, 2007

What is a Family?

By Sandra Couts

A common question that people frequently ask each other is “how is your family”? The answer to this caring question could be complex depending on whose definition of family the question is considering. At one point in time, the definition of family was limited to the mother, the father and any number of children. An extended family then included grandparents, aunts and uncles. Family was defined according to biological connections.
Currently, the definition of family has a more expansive inclusion of a variety of people. The following points demonstrate how families can be defined.

A family is
•A group of people living under the same roof.
•A group of people living together sharing the same values.
•A group of people living together sharing the day to day responsibilities of caring for children and maintaining a household.
•A basic unit of one or two people raising one or more children.
•A group of persons united by certain convictions, common affiliations or spiritual practices.
•A group of persons united through ancestry ties.
•Two or more people living together out of a love and commitment to each other and the relationship.
•A group of friends who do not live together but are emotionally close and caring with each other.
•A group of people connected through biological ties or the same upbringing.

Having a family gives people a human connection that is vital for keeping the heart open. Creating families whose foundations include respect, healthy boundaries, openness, trust, love, fun, safety, integrity and acceptance is crucial for establishing heart connections. Families have the potential for supporting other family members in accepting their individual uniqueness, in being free thinkers, and in learning from each other. Families can be a source of some of our deepest wounds and heart aches due to the human component, yet, families can also be our greatest source of experiencing love and joy. Remember that wounds can heal, people can change, and families can evolve.

Topics that support healing and promote positive change within families will be addressed in upcoming articles. Comments and questions are welcomed.

Sandra Couts MSN, RN, CNS is an Intuitive Counselor, Certified Full Wave Breathing™ Facilitator, Author, and an Intuitive Parent Coach.


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