The Evolution of the Family Systems

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Family Systems The word family in the 21st Century has a much different meaning no than it did even 20 or 30 years ago. While the image of a family in the past was that of a nuclear family: a father, mother , children and maybe a pet or two, this image has dramatically changed in a variety of ways. Your view may vary somewhat depending on your cultural practices, for instance it is common in the Hispanic and some Asian cultures to have three generations in one home. These families choose to care for their aging parents rather than to move them into an assisted living or skilled nursing facility. However, all of humankind has a similar view of what a family system is and what its functions should be. In the 21st Century family systems can be one parent and a child or children, same sex parents, or even a grandparent in the parent, guardian or caregiver role. No matter the number of adults, gender, or familial relationship, a family is any group of people living under one roof whose goal of life is to love and care for each other in an environment that is nurturing and supportive. Isaiah 14:1 states “The Lord will show mercy on the people of Jacob and he will again choose the people of Israel. He will settle them into their own land , then non-Israelite people will join the Israelites and become a part of the family of Jacob.” Feldman (2013) lists many statistics as to how families have change over the years including: the average family size has decreased from 2.8 to 2.6 persons , the number of teenage mothers has decreased but there are still a half million per year. The number of single parent homes has increased and is expected to continue in that direction. Also the number of children living i... ... middle of paper ... ... we exemplify God, and tur children exemplify their parents, we have followed God’s teachings as instructed. Roehlkepartain, et.a. (2006) explains that in the world of educators and psychologists, there is a “Spiritual Child Movement”. Although it has always been believed that children develop religiously and spiritually as they naturally go through the usual stages of Development as described by Piaget and Erickson, there has been a recent surge of philosophers researching and writing on this subject. They state that at around age 4-6 children “ have the capacity for rich and varied spiritual experiences that form the foundation of their religious, ethical and spiritual development.” References Feldman, R. S. (2014). Development Across the Life Span. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc. . University, Liberty. (Director). (2014). Parenting [Video].

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