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What impact does family have during different stages of our lives?

I am doing a project for my English class and i am wondering what impact your family has or has had on you during different stages of your life? Or how you think family in general impacts different stages of your life.

  • May 31 2013: my family taught me the things i have to avoid: constant misunderstandings, settling with unresolved problems, and putting money first before relationships.

    since my family has bore with these problems and has caused me several dozens of tears and frustrations, my family is an example of what i should not have in the near future. i am thankful for that, in the sense, that y family served as my eye-opener.
  • May 30 2013: Initially, my family helped me survive, helped me mature, loved me, taught me what I needed to survive.

    Later, my family provided example of appropriate behavior, how to have fun in life, how to get along with people and how to make a living. The also helped me survive and loved me unconditionally, when others seemed to be judging me all the time.

    When I had my own family, they gave me purpose, taught me to see life again, gave me hope and dreams, and nourished my soul. They provided unconditional love and helped me survive.

    Now my family is starting families are finding their own way. The provide unconditional love, even when they are not around. I look forward to seeing them. It helps me survive.
  • May 30 2013: My family has had a massive influence on me. It has less of an influence now, but it's still big. When I was a kid, I learned how to work from my family. My mom would never let me get away with slacking off when there was something to be done. I learned the importance of education. My parents would give me 50 dollars if I got straight A's in school. They taught me how to handle money and save. My mom taught me how to cook, how to clean, do my laundry, and basically everything I needed to know to live on my own. My dad taught me how to garden, how to do home improvement, how to treat women and girls with respect, and how to put other people's needs above my own. My brothers and sisters taught me conflict resolution. (We never fought, what are you talking about? :) ). I'm 22 now, and I'm getting married. I can look to my parent's marriage now for an example. There are things I want to emulate in their relationship and things I want to do differently. For example, I've never seen my parents really fight. They've had disagreements, but they were always in control and never let anger get the best of them. They put their relationship above being right or doing things their way. I think that's great, and I'm going to work towards that in my marriage. However, my mom kind of dominates my dad. They've taken not fighting to a bit of an extreme, where my dad will just give in automatically instead of actual communication taking place. My family also has their emotions a little too under control. It means that there's very little drama, which is great, but it can be kind of boring and flatline sometimes.

    I have a great family. Not everybody does, and I'm grateful my parents chose to make it a great family.