Family Definition- please read and give opinions! thanks!!

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Hey everyone!!

If you read this could you please give me your comments and criticisms on it? Thank you so much!!

Defining Family

When most people think of the word family mother, father, children, and relatives immediately come to mind. If you look up the word in the Merriam-Webster dictionary you would read:


fam·i·ly (făm'ə-lē, făm'lē) n. - a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head
While all this can be true of a family, it is not the only way or the correct way that family can be defined. Family is more accurately described as a group of people who might not be related by blood or marriage but who sincerely care and love each other. Family is there for you every step of the way and provides support you could never get anywhere else.

Families are the building blocks of any society and have been this way since the beginning. Almost every aspect of our lives involves the term family. In our religion we are part of a “family” of believers. At Penn State we are part of one big “family” of students and faculty. Our country looks up to one person and is united under this man as a “family”. While these examples might be accepted by society today, it only describes family in broad terms. Family is much deeper than all of that and is the love you share with your friends and relatives.

One very common misconception about family is that its members have to be related by blood, marriage, or adoption. In truth, family is anyone you love and care about and who also feel the same way about you. Johann Schiller described family perfectly when he said; “It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” I believe that my family is not only my parents who raised me, my little brother and my other relatives, but also my best friends. My great-aunt is my blood relative but she knows as much about me as the next person. My friend Caitlin can tell you anything you would ever want to know regarding me and we can practically read each other’s mind. I am not saying that my great-aunt is nothing but Caitlin is just as much a part of my family as my aunt. Family goes hand-in-hand with friendship. In order to have a family you need friendship. My family and I do not get along just because we are forced to live together. My family is my best friends and we get along because we genuinely love each other and want to be with each other.

In today’s society most people consider family to be just blood relations but in reality it is the bonds you share with those you care for the most. Family is a completely necessary part of anyone’s life. Your family helps you through the tough times and provides the needed support to get through life. Family cares about what happens to you, are always there for you, and above all, loves you.
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Hi Ler5018,

I like this piece. The only thing I see is that you haven't taken the time to explain why Merriam-Webster's definition is off. You basically dismiss that definition offhand and expect your readers to buy yours.

Just my two cents though. Emotion: smile

Defining Family

When most people think of the word family[punctuation] mother, father, children, and relatives immediately come to mind. If you look up the word in the Merriam-Webster dictionary you would read:


fam·i·ly (făm'ə-lē, făm'lē) n. - a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head
While all this can be true of a family, it is not the only way (do we need the word?) or the correct way that family can be defined. Family is more accurately described as a group of people who might not be related by blood or marriage but who sincerely care and love each other. Family is there for you every step of the way and provides support you could never get anywhere else.

Families are the building blocks of any society and have been this way since the beginning. Almost every aspect of our lives involves the term "family". In our religion we are part of a “family” of believers. At Penn State we are part of one big “family” of students and faculty. Our country looks up to one person and is united under this man as a “family”. While these examples might be accepted by society today, it only describes family in broad terms. Family love is much deeper than all of that and is the love you share with your friends and relatives. (semantics)

One very common misconception about family is that its members have to be related by blood, marriage, or adoption. In truth, family is anyone you love and care about and who also feel (agreement) the same way about you. Johann Schiller described family perfectly when he said; “It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” I believe that my family is not only my parents who raised me, my little brother and my other relatives, but also my best friends. My great-aunt is my blood relative but she knows as much about me as the next person. My friend Caitlin can tell you anything you would ever want to know regarding me (slightly awkward) and we can practically read each other’s mind. I am not saying that my great-aunt is nothing (your great-aunt isn't a thing) but Caitlin is just as much a part of my family as my aunt. Family goes hand-in-hand with friendship. In order to have a family you need friendship. My family and I do not get along just because we are forced to live together. My family is my best friends and we get along because we genuinely love each other and want to be with each other.

In today’s society most people consider family to be just blood relations but in reality it is (family aren't bonds. They are made up of bonds) the bonds you share with those you care for the most. Family is a completely necessary part of anyone’s life. Your family helps you through the tough times and provides the needed support to get you through life. Family cares about what happens to you, are always there for you, and above all, loves you.
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> Family is more accurately described as a group of people who might not be related by blood or marriage but who sincerely care and love each other.

Well, if all families were like that, nobody would say "I hate my family"! [6]

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JulielaiThe only thing I see is that you haven't taken the time to explain why Merriam-Webster's definition is off. You basically dismiss that definition offhand and expect your readers to buy yours.

Besides, while Ler5018's point is that a family is not just made up of blood or marriage ties, Merriam-Webster's definition doesn't mention "blood" or "marriage" at all! Emotion: wink
Hey thanks for your opinions!! I edited my my essay a little. Let me know what you think!!!

Defining Family

When most people think of the word family, mother, father, children, and relatives immediately come to mind. If you look up the word in the Merriam-Webster dictionary you would read:


fam·i·ly (făm'ə-lē, făm'lē) n. - a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head
While all this can be true of a family, it is not the only or the correct way that family can be defined. Family is more accurately described as a group of people who might not be related by blood or marriage but who sincerely care and love each other. Family is there for you every step of the way and provides support you could never get anywhere else.

Families are the building blocks of any society and have been this way since the beginning. Almost every aspect of our lives involves the term family. In our religion we are part of a “family” of believers. At Penn State we are part of one big “family” of students and faculty. Our country looks up to one person and is united under this man as a “family”. While these examples might be accepted by society today, it only describes family in broad terms. Family love is much deeper than all of that and is the love you share with your friends and relatives.

One very common misconception about family is that its members have to be related by blood, marriage, or adoption. In truth, family is anyone you love and care about and who also feel the same way about you. Johann Schiller described family perfectly when he said; “It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” I believe that my family is not only my parents who raised me, my little brother and my other relatives, but also my best friends. My great-aunt is my blood relative but she knows as much about me as the next person. My friend Caitlin can tell you anything you would ever want to know concerning me and we can practically read each other’s mind. I am not saying that my great-aunt is not considered part of my family but Caitlin is just as much a part as my aunt. Family goes hand-in-hand with friendship. In order to have a family you need friendship. My family and I do not get along just because we are forced to live together. My family are my best friends and we get along because we genuinely love each other and want to be with each other.

Family does not have to live under one roof or under one head as suggested by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. By saying that everyone has to live under one roof you immediately dismiss all friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents that do not live with you. Each individual house is going to have a person in charge, but that is just for the individual house. That person in charge is not the head of the entire family. My father does not control my cousins and my uncle does not control my brother and I. If you truly love and care for all your relatives and friends, then living in different houses under different heads will not change whether or not you are all family.

In today’s society most people consider family to be just blood relations but in reality family is made of the bonds you share with those you care for the most. Family is a completely necessary part of anyone’s life. Your family helps you through the tough times and provides the needed support to get you through life. Family cares about what happens to you, are always there for you, and above all, loves you.
Hi Ler,

Just a couple of things:

1. You need to have a definition that includes the common notion about blood ties before you attack it.

2. Introduce your own definition after you have demolished the original.

Just my two cents, again. Emotion: big smile

Defining Family

When most people think of the word family, mother, father, children, and relatives immediately come to mind. If you look up the word in the Merriam-Webster dictionary you would read:


fam·i·ly (făm'ə-lē, făm'lē) n. - a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head
While all this can be true of a family, it is not the only or the correct way that family can be defined. (Your criticism of Webster's definition or any common notion regarding the subject has to come here) Family is more accurately described as a group of people who might not be related by blood or marriage but who sincerely care and love each other. Family is there for you every step of the way and provides support you could never get anywhere else.

Families are the building blocks of any society and have been this way since the beginning. Almost every aspect of our lives involves the term family. In our religion we are part of a “family” of believers. At Penn State we are part of one big “family” of students and faculty. Our country looks up to one person and is united under this man as a “family”. While these examples might be accepted by society today, it only describes family in broad terms. Family love is much deeper than all of that and is the love you share with your friends and relatives.

One very common misconception (too soon. You haven't established that yet) about family is that its members have to be related by blood, marriage, or adoption. In truth, family is anyone you love and care about and who also feel the same way about you. Johann Schiller described family perfectly when he said; “It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” I believe that my family is not only my parents who raised me, my little brother and my other relatives, but also my best friends. My great-aunt is my blood relative but she knows as much about me as the next person. My friend Caitlin can tell you anything you would ever want to know concerning me and we can practically read each other’s mind. I am not saying that my great-aunt is not considered part of my family but Caitlin is just as much a part as my aunt. Family goes hand-in-hand with friendship. In order to have a family you need friendship. My family and I do not get along just because we are forced to live together. My family are my best friends and we get along because we genuinely love each other and want to be with each other.

Family does not have to live under one roof or under one head as suggested by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. By saying that everyone has to live under one roof you immediately dismiss all friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents that do not live with you. (Your comments on the definition has to come before you establish your own) Each individual house is going to have a person in charge, but that is just for the individual house. That person in charge is not the head of the entire family. My father does not control my cousins and my uncle does not control my brother and I. If you truly love and care for all your relatives and friends, then living in different houses under different heads will not change whether or not you are all family. (The rest of the paragraph is merely reiterating what you've said earlier)

In today’s society most people consider family to be just blood relations but in reality family is made of the bonds you share with those you care for the most. Family is a completely necessary part of anyone’s life. Your family helps you through the tough times and provides the needed support to get you through life. Family cares about what happens to you, are always there for you, and above all, loves you.
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so after moving things around and changing some aspect of my essay I finished and this is my final draft. Thank you so much everyone for your help and for being truthful!!!

Defining Family

When most people think of the word family, mother, father, children, and relatives immediately come to mind. If you look up the word in the Oxford English dictionary you would read:


fam·i·ly (făm'ə-lē, făm'lē) n. - the group of persons consisting of the parents and their children, whether actually living together or not; in wider sense, the unity formed by those who are nearly connected by blood or affinity.
While all this can be true of a family, it is not the only or the correct way that family can be defined. Family is more accurately described as a group of people who might not be related by blood or marriage but who sincerely care and love each other. They are there for you every step of the way and provide support you could never get anywhere else.

Since the beginning, families have been the building blocks of any society. Almost every aspect of our lives involves the term family. In our religion we are part of a “family” of believers. At Penn State we are part of one big “family” of students and faculty. One person unites our country as a “family” whom we all look towards for guidance. While these examples might be accepted by society today, it only describes family in broad terms. Family love is much deeper than all of that and is the love you share with your friends and relatives.

One very common misconception about family, as seen in the Oxford definition, is that its members almost always have to be related by blood, marriage, or adoption. In truth, family is anyone you love and care about and who also feels the same way about you. German poet Johann Schiller described family perfectly when he said; “It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” I believe that my family is not only my parents, my little brother and my other relatives, but also my best friends. My great-aunt is my blood relative but she knows as much about me as the next person. For example, my friend Caitlin can tell you anything you would ever want to know concerning me and we can practically read each other’s mind. I am not saying that my great-aunt is not considered part of my family but Caitlin is just as much as my aunt.

Family goes hand-in-hand with friendship. In order to have a family you need friendship. My family and I do not get along just because we are forced to live together. My family are my best friends and we get along because we genuinely love each other and want to be with each other. Every family is going to have its problems, but in the end no one can deny the love they have for each other.

In today’s society most people consider family to be just blood relations but in reality family is made of the bonds you share with those you care for the most. Family is a completely necessary component of anyone’s life. Your family helps you through the tough times. They provide the needed support to get you through life. Family cares about what happens to you, are always there for you, and above all, they love you no matter what.
Anonymous:
I love your definition of family. I think that is very true especially when it comes to adopted children. [F]
Anonymous:
If a "family" consists of members who care for each other, deleting from the meaning consanquinity, then how would you define "father"? If father are not genitors and only care takers, as you suggest, are you suggesting that every birth is a virgin birth? Gil Prost
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