Families and Relationships

Let's talk about all the things that "family" can mean and what the word, and the word concept, can include. Nuclear families, extended families, chosen families, traditional families – families come in all configurations. Each family has its own structure and specific concerns. What are some of the things that affect your family? How does your family affect you? When you were growing up, through. now as an adult, how has the meaning of family changed? What has your role been in your family when you were young, and what is your role in your family now? Your family of origin, your own family as an adult, your future family plans?

Topics Related to Families and Relationships:

  • Marriage
  • Parenthood
  • Childhood
  • Siblings
  • Academics
  • Growing up
  • Launching into the world; professional life
  • Child-free families
  • Adult identity
  • Extended parents and caregivers
  • Divorce
  • Stepfamilies
  • Mixed families
  • Adoption; adoption trauma
  • Multicultural families
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Elders
  • Multi-generational support
  • Psycho/sexual/social development
  • Phases of life from childhood to adolescence to young adulthood to middle age ("sandwich" years) to elder
  • Blended families, multicultural families, families of choice, and all the ways people share space in a home and in the heart