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The first thing I thought about before my interview with Rhonda and James is that they are co-parenting, our book states, “co-parenting is the people who team up or collaborate to parent” (Bigner & Gerhardt, 2013). Since they are a team, it was easy to instantly classify them as such but after talking with them, I feel like they can be considered a “Kinship Family: Custodial Grandparents and Grandchildren” (Bigner & Gerhardt, 2013). In this family setting, the grandparents take on the role of the parents and rear the child as their own instead of treating the kid like their grandchild. It was not surprising to see that Rhonda and James had different parenting styles, it seems like Rhonda is more “authoritative” (Bigner & Gerhardt, 2013), she has balanced her nurture and structure skills. James is more of the “permissive parent” (Bigner & Gerhardt, 2013), allowing his nurturing personality to overcome all situations even when boundaries and structure is what the child ne...
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...heir notion of family differs from the notions surrounding the Nuclear Family. After interviewing Rhonda and James, I feel like there is no difference in the morals and values that is put into a family that is traditional or non-traditional. Especially if the entire unit is open and willing to do the work needed to keep family dynamics at a homeostatic level, a non-traditional family can be just as good as a traditional one, even during times of distress. This experience has prepared me for the types of families I will be counseling. As I mentioned before most families face the same kinds of problems, may even handle them in a similar way but because each individual is unique in their own way there will be some kind of differences in every situation. I would like to interview more families that are non-traditional; I really enjoyed talking with Rhonda and James.
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