HSM 250 Week 6 DQ 1 and DQ 2
HSM 250 Week 6 DQ 1 and DQ 2
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Discussion Question 1 Which family structure listed in Ch 6 most resembles yours How is it different How does your structure differ from or is it similar to the structures chosen by other members of the class As a young child I was raised by a mother who carried out almost all tasks and responsibilities because my father really wasn39t around Community and traditional Native American values were taught and lived by many within my immediate circle Unfortunately alcoholism drug abuse and physical abuse were the life my father chose to bring to our house This is very common in reservation situations Eventually my mother divorced and remarried a man who did not want me in their quotlife planquot so I was placed into the foster care system l was bounced from house to houserealize I did not say homeand never developed lasting relationships with these families I was adopted into a male dominated household where my adoptive father worked and my mother raised the children As an adult I decided that what I wanted as a family situation did not need to be the traditional American stereotyped roles rather what worked for my wife and l She worked since she could earn more and really enjoyed working outside the home and I stayed home and raised our son while operating our ranch After she became ill our roles reversed She relies on disability and work the ranch although she still manages the office and financial operations Our living situation is probably not like what most people consider traditional in American society We probably are similar in many respects to others in the class because we value family and the connections that go with it Our son knows we love him and that we will care for him until he finds his wings While the structure may be a bit different the goal is the same To have a happy loving family who works together to support each other in all ways I see no difference in a single head of household with children a dual wage earning family a lesbian couple who adopts a child merged families or any other in what they want for their families in the long run The style that they live is different for each family but none are better than the other Just because I see the traditional family as being the best solution does not mean that others aren39t just as valid Response 2 My family life growing up was very much the normal family My father worked and my mother raised the kids My father was from a very poor family ands so we grew up learnign the value of work but also we had a good home life My mother worked once we were older and this helped my father as his health started to get bad I started working just as a helper when l was 12 at a couple carpentry shops So in my late teens I found that most kids did not like to work and would complain but still go ask their parents for money I did not know any difference so I worked and had my own money I thanked my father up to the day he passed away for teaching me this value inmy life As for my home life my wife and l have raised our children with the same values of working I think that if you do something yourself it is worth more to you SO work ethic and understanding the value of accomplishment is our goal We do have a very close family and want our kids to know that they are loved and will be cared for very much We spend as much time together doing outdoor activities as possible This is really the was I always thought a family should be I think I have a family that is generally the same as others We do not do anything fancy but we are a family In todays world I think this is one of the most important things that can be given to our kids Discussion Question 2 Complete Exercise 61 on p 112 of the text and justify your answers Do you agree with your classmates Why or why not 1 Unrelated teenage boys living in a group home with a house parent No Why this is just a place for these boys to live Their parents are still their family 2 A gay couple and the son of one partner Yes Why This would still be considered a family unit whether the child belongs to one of the partners or not these days 3 Children living in an orphanage No Why This is just a place where the children live until they can be adopted into a family 4 Orphaned sisters and brothers liVing in the same house without older adult supervision Yes Why Even though the parents are not there anymore the children are still taking care of each other They are still together 5 Orphaned sisters and brothers liVing in different houses No Why They have each lost their brothers and sisters therefore they are not growing up together anymore 6 A run away teen girl living with two lesbians No Why The teen girl is just looking for somewhere else to live besides her family 7 A grandmother and two grandchildren with other unrelated children in the home Yes Why There are many grandmothers having to raise their grandchildren now days and they are related As for the other children in the home they would also be considered part of the family 8 Two elderly unmarried people living together Yes Why The government has made it to Where single older couples have to live together so that they can keep their income and medical That does not mean that they do not feel married and a family unit Response 2 Before you can decide what situations fall into being a family you must decide what falls into your own personal definition of family The two criteria that I decided dictated what a family situation is were related to two things living under the same roof or being biologically related even if not living under the same roof Granted living under the same roof does not mean that we see each other as close family it does mean we fall under rules chores and guidelines that most families share If under my definition we look at the questionable family situations listed in Exercise 61 in the text all of them are families of one sort or another Unrelated teenage boys living in a group home with a house parentEven though these boys are not necessarily related they are living under one roof and under the control of a house parent They have common rules chores and guidelines that they much follow to gain privileges There are relationships and bonding that happens in these types of situations A gay couple and the son of one partnerThese people are living under one roof and fall into the de nitions of normal family assuming you do not consider sexual orientation to be a deciding factor There is a biological connection with one parent and more than likely there is either a head of household or a shared situation Children living in an orphanageThis is a family situation whether it seems to be one or not Many times children in this situation may know no other type of family and live together under one roof with at least one commonality They have parent who cannot care or will not care for them and they are awaiting a family for adoption They have a common set of rules chores and guidelines that are administered by staff members Orphaned sisters and brothers living in the same house without older adult supervisionThese children share a common experience They live under the same roof and are biologically related They must perform all functions which allow the household to function Orphaned sisters and brothers living in different housesEven though these children live under a different roof they are still related by kinship Just because they were split up does not make them less of a family Many children in this situation still keep and contact and consider themselves part of the same family A runaway teenage girl living with two esbiansEven though this is not a common family it more than likely functions as one They live under the same roof and each member serves to make the household function There is at least one head of household or a shared responsibility A grandmother and two of her grandchildren with other unrelated children in the homeThe grandmother and the children share biological ties and live under the same roof Responsibilities are shared to run the household there is some if not all nancial support and the grandmother is the head of household Two elderly unmarried people living togetherEven though these two people do not share kinship or marriage bonds they do live under the same roof They share responsibilities to make the household operate
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