Family can be anyone.

The New York Times asked a group of 13 year old students: Tell us how you define “family” + why? Do you think a new definition of family is starting to emerge in our society? If so, how do you see that in your own life or community? 

Here’s what they said:

Family doesn’t consist of just relatives. You can consider anyone family. Whom ever is close to you. It doesn’t matter who they are, I have best friends that I consider sisters. I think who ever you love the most is your family.


I LOVE MY FAMILY!!! As for having a “normal” family, I’ve given up on that… There’s no such thing. Each family is different. I have 6 half-siblings and one stepsister, although I don’t think that’s possible. You can’t have half of a person, so you can’t have a half-sibling. My family is the best.

Well, the perfect family doesn’t exist i’m sorry to say. I think each family is perfect in there own way. Some families have single parented homes and it can be hard to deal with. My family gets in the occasional pointless fight, but we get over it real quickly. Family is based on love. It’s like a test to see if you are really committed. My family is amazin’.


Family means no one gets left behind.


I think family is a bunch of people who love each other very much. It doesn’t matter if your a single mom or a single dad if you love your child or wife then you are a family. Today families are spending less time together, and need to spend more time together.

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