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Family

As you get older, relationships with your family change. These changes in family relationships often strengthen the bonds, although the road there can feel quite rocky at times.

I often ask young women that I work with, "Now, who is in your family?" That's not always an easy question to answer. One could think of their family as those living in their house. Others include people who live in another house, for instance grandparents, as part of their family. You may even have an "uncle" who is not blood related, but is considered part of the family. Many young women have parents living in different houses as a result of a separation or divorce. Step parents, and half or step-siblings are also part of some families.

The "traditional 1950's model" of a family conjures up the picture of: Father, mother, son and daughter. Actually, in America today only 6% of families are of this model.

Likewise, a happy and loving family can take many forms. Happiness and love in a family can be found in any of the different groups that we call "family".

Only you can define who is "family". It is different for everyone.

Nancy and Juliette Nancy and Juliette are a family unit. Nancy is an independent business owner, and Juliette busy with an art program, yet they both know that "family" is their first priority. Together they make a life and a family that works.

Keeping connected in order to grow


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