Discussion Assignment: (Re) defining "Family"

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Discussion Assignment: (Re) defining "Family"

Now that you have been thinking about the concept of family, in what ways have your perceptions stayed the same? In what ways have they changed?

For some people, the word family may conjure an image of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. For others, their mom or two Dads and a younger sister. There are any numbers of family groupings and many include close friends and pets. As well, families include more than people; families are about interactions, rituals, and parenting/caregiving practices.

Take time to think about what family means to you, who in your family influenced you as a child and in what ways? Were there particular rituals, triumphs, challenges related to growing up in your family that come to mind? After you have taken time to think about your family and childhood:

Create a visual or audio representation of what family means to you—such as a collage, a photograph, a poem, a song, a sculpture.

Them write a brief summary that includes: (what I would consider my family is far more stretch than a typical family. Coming from a Latin culture my family’s considered grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, friends and down to the last pet. I experienced culture shock when I entered middle school to see what some of my when they referred to family they meant just their parents. For me this new concept of what my friend’s thoughts were their family was mom, dad, siblings, and grandparents. For me growing up, was a joyful time my Mom were extremely hard working she taught me that family unity was the basic foundation in our family dynamic. I remember the family gathering on holidays, they were so special To me family are the primary source and the ones who teach us valuable life lessons).

What you hoped to illustrate in your representation of family and what you learned from the process

Your personal working definition of family including the people (and\or pets) who come to mind

How understanding your family, along with having a comprehensive definition of family, can help you become more "in tune" with the children and families with whom you work and why this is essential to effective equity pedagogy (e.g., Anti-Bias Education)

References:

Derman-Sparks, L., & Olsen Edwards, J. (2010). Anti-bias education for young children and ourselves. Washington, DC: NAEYC.

Beginning to Begin, p.19

Becoming an Anti-Bias Teacher: A Developmental Journey, pp.20–23

Running Header: (RE) DEFINING FAMILY (Re) Defining Family Institutional Affiliation Student’s Name 1 (RE) DEFINING FAMILY 2 I cannot, and never will be, capable of imagining my existence without my beautiful family in my life. To me, the family is tremendously significant and valuable and must never be disregarded. Nurtured in the American culture, my family unit is considered parents, uncles, aunts, siblings, grandparents, friends, and pets. A great fraction of my life and culture would be omitted exclusive of my family. Whether it is my mother, sisters, my grandparents, or my father, I am guaranteed the privilege of available help whenever I need it. The most predominant factor my family has trained me is that family is a unit of people you can count on and trust. Existing in a world of insecurity, terror, and uncertainty, my family has been an ever present source of comfort. I vividly recall day one of high school. I had no urge to attend. I only walked in the classroom because my dad walked me and promised that immediately school was out, he would be waiting for me, to return me to the place I felt most comfortable, my family. Growing up, I had an idyllic time. My grandparents and parents labored and hustled tirelessly, teaching my siblings and me the worth of working hard. My parents continually taught my siblings and me that unity is the building block of family dynamics. Family gatherings and holidays are everlastingly in my memory as they taught my siblings and me valuable lessons of sharing, loving, accepting, helping, and serving one another. My family contributed tremendously in promoting cultures, healthy habits, and traditions in my siblings and me. I undoubtedly believe that through my family’s teaching, I am set for a whole life in the community. My grandparents taught our family the meaning of embracing diversity and acting opposing unfairness and bias. My grandfather always said ‘whichever god we worship, we are from the same one,’ consequently, it never mattered which family structure, economic class, (RE) DEFINING FAMILY 3 racial identity, or gender identity is, my grandparents advised us to be reverent regardless of other’s opinions. I believe that honesty, strength, confidence, and love are building within a child nurtured under the command of elders (Olsen Edwards, 2010). It only comes to pass in a family. Family values influence growing children in society. Additionally, they contribute toward overall development and socialization (Olsen Edwards, 2010). Family relationships are vital for individuals. In my view, people are partial without family. (RE) DEFINING FAMILY References: Derman-Sparks, L., & Olsen Edwards, J. (2010). Anti-bias education for young children and ourselves. Washington, DC: NAEYC. Beginning to Begin, p.19 Becoming an Anti-Bias Teacher: A Developmental Journey, pp.20–23 4

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