Family In A Nontraditional Family

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A typical family consists of a husband, wife and their children which are known as a traditional family. However, the family dynamics are changing. Therefore a nontraditional family would be all of family structures, such as stepfamilies, single parenting and same-sex families. The diversity of families is now a part of the military culture. Stepfamilies all have a common bond and that is the loss of a spouse, by divorce or death. The text states, “Understanding the difficult relationships in stepfamilies is one thing, but understanding how stepfamilies different from first biological families is also important” (Hall, 2016, p 126). Because enlisted services members joined the military at an early age and marry at an early age, their marriage…show more content…
124). The following seven subsystems are most common family dynamic: (1) Divorced spouses; Divorced spouses that have children involved can be very stressful for all parties, including the children. This rings especially true if one parent has full custody. Sometimes jealousy plays a major role if one of the parents remarries. Jealousy can quickly turn into revenge. According to Hall, “the lives of military families are already filled with loss. Transitions, moves, new schools, new friends, even a new culture” (2016, p. 126). The only solution in this subsystem is for both parents to work together to make sure the mental state and needs of the children come first. (2) The single-parent and child(ren); the subsystem involves both the husband and wife being divorced and remarried. Sometimes one or both parents have children that are involved. Children can cause tension in the home, especially if they are unhappy with the new arrangements. They will almost always keep the divorced parent involved by keeping them abreast of the day to day happenings within the household. “The single-parent families have gone through crises together and usually have built strong boundaries against the world” (Hall, 2016, p 127). However, the divorced parent will invite the information as feeling as though they are still a part of the family especially is difficulties…show more content…
(3) The children and the out-of-home parental system; In this subsystem, the children may move back and forward between the two parents. The text states, “this is obviously a particularly difficult system for the military family where either the service member is
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