Family Contrast Report

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Families all across the world have several different characteristics that make each one of them unique in their own way. There are families with two parents, with divorced parents, single parents, and there are even families that have deceased parents. Some families also have adopted family members or foster family members. Some families have parents that have full-time jobs or part-time jobs, while other families have parents that are struggling to make ends meet. Overall, it is amazing to see all of the different qualities in families.
I grew up in a traditional family lifestyle, with two parents and siblings. My father and mother have been married for twenty-two years and have been with each other ever since then. They both have full time jobs so they can support their three children. I am the oldest child in our family and I have two younger sisters. We are all one year apart from each other in age. My family has had such an impact on my life. I have ...view middle of the document...

My friend has a mother and a stepfather, while the biological father is currently living in a different state. The mother has had a part-time job for approximately sixteen years and the stepfather has been a farmer his entire life. The biological father currently has a full-time job and does all he possibly can to support his biological children. He financially helps his biological son that is in college. My friend is the oldest of three children. The biological father has two sons and the stepfather has one son, the youngest son. Several years separate each child in age; the youngest son is in second grade and the oldest son is a college freshman. Several characteristics have personally affected my friend’s familial life. For example, it has been hard for him to have to accept having two fathers in his life. His mother tends to judge his biological father and say negative comments about him, and this brings my friend down. Due to the parental differences from the mother, the stepfather, and the biological father, it is hard for my friend to view all of his parents equally. I am very close with this friend and he sometimes views my own family as his second family. He is very comfortable with the traditional family style that I grew up in and is not afraid to ask my parents or sisters for help. My friend also agrees that family is everything.
There are many similarities and difference between my family and my friend’s family. One similarity between the two families includes that there are three children in each family. A second similarity is that although the children from each family come from different lifestyle backgrounds, they all want to be respectable human beings. One difference between my family and my friend’s family is that we grew up in different familial lifestyles. Another difference between the families is that although there are three children in each family, one family has three daughters and the other family has three sons. A third difference between these families is that one set of parents have full-time jobs and have been married to each other. In my friend’s family, there are full-time and part-time jobs, as well as a divorce that included having the biological father move out of state.

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