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The Meaning of Family Values

             Life and people are always changing, but the main values and bases of the concept of family should always remain present. To many people, the definition of the word family is a unity among a group of people who care and tend to each other's needs, while forming an unbreakable bond. Therefore, family values are important and should be cherished and nurtured. Love, support, friendship, and guidance are key qualities necessary to form a family bond. Family is considered to be an elite and exclusive society in which most people in today's world do not belong to or do not have the privilege of being a part of. The love within a family teaches a child about solidarity, which brings the teachings of virtue, sensitivity and assertiveness. Everyone has the need to feel loved, but the best love there can be is the love of a family. Children, who grow without a family, are more likely to be unhappy simply because of the lack of love that they can't receive anywhere else. The influence of family life should never be underestimated.
             Some people define family as simple genetics; however, that is not always the case. For instance, I was born into a small family and am the youngest of three children. When I came along, my parents were dealing with rough times and thought having a third child would patch whatever hole had been formed in their relationship. Unfortunately, for my sisters and me that was not the case. My parents divorced when I was five years old and my biological father walked away from my mother and his "so-called" family forever, without ever looking back. Two years passed before my mother met the man of her and our dreams: the man I am proud to call Dad today. He was more than just my stepfather; he was my "dad" and the man who was willing to guide me through my childhood years and raise me when my own blood would not. There have never been any feelings of remorse towards my biological father, because I don't feel I ever lacked love or guidance during my childhood.

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