ideal families

             Have you ever been walking down the street and seen the “perfect” family? Do you think that other people ever look at your family in this way? Ever since there have been families, there have been images of the “perfect” family and the “Ideal American Family.” This image is described as: a mom, a dad, two and a half kids, a white house, green grass, and a white picket fence. Everything is perfect about this family. They are always happy and never get into fights. Every member of the family has utmost respect and love towards the other members of the family. Do you think your family is perfect and fits into this category? I know that my family doesn’t fits this description. It might seem like that from the outside, but being part of the family, I know this is not true. From my personal experience I feel that the image of the “Ideal American Family” is wrong for society to have because it questions the concept of family, causes a lack of closeness between family members, and allows people to make assumptions about other people based on their family.
             What is family? Family can be considered blood-related kin. Some people might consider members of his or her family being: friends, co-workers, pets or relatives. Who a person’s family is depends entirely on that person. The idea of the “Ideal American Family” includes blood-related people. What happens to those people who, for some reason or another, don’t have the “Ideal American Family?” Possibly one of the members of their family has left for some reason. Maybe someone died. There might have been a divorce. All of these situations are very common in today’s society. Many times it is not anyone’s fault for it is out of his or her control. There is nothing that could have been done to prevent such an occurrence. Now this family doesn’t fit the whole image of “Ideal American Family.” Does this mean that the family isn’t a fam...

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