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1Family Analysis PaperBSHS 406May 5, 2017Dr. SessionFamily Analysis Paper
2These last few weeks have taught me many things about my husband’s family. For instance, I have learned that many of the men throughout his side of the family were often the bread winners of the family, while the women stayed home to care for their family and home. I have also learned that they are dedicated to the military, making careers out of it. This family hasloved, lost, and moved on as many families have, but even at the hardest points they pulled together to get through those hardships. In this paper, we analyze my family’s history. Discussingwhat makes them a unique family.The History of the Burkhart FamilyThis is the history of my husband’s family. In 1928 Peter Burkhart, married Sylvia Palmer. They moved into a small house owned by Sylvia’s father. They were blessed with twins in 1930, a boy named Earnest, and a girl named Evalyn. Earnest went on to marry Agatha Evans in 1954. They were blessed with two sons and a daughter. Their first son, George was born in 1955. He was followed by a younger sister named Sally in 1953, and then a younger brother named Thomas in 1957. Thomas met his wife Joyce Gundrum, in 1973. They dated for a year and a half before they finally married in 1975. They lived in a small apartment after they were married. They were blessed with a son named Robert in 1980. In 1982, they were blessed with another little boy named Brian. Brian and I met in 2005 and finally married in July of 2008. We had 2 children, a little boy who was born in 2016 named James, and a little girl named Samantha born in 2013. Different Family Types, and my Family Composition
3Families no longer consist of a household of just a father, mother, and their children. There are single mothers and fathers, families that consist of many different generations within the same home, mixed families, and many more. According to Cherlin, my family is a mixture ofdifferent family types. These family types being cohabitation relationship, mixed family, and a multi-generational household. When my husband and I first met, we moved in together before we married forming a cohabitation relationship. We found that it was financially reasonable to live together, even those we were not married. Once we did marry, we formed a mixed family. Since I already had a son when my husband and I met, he became my sons step-father. We are also a multi-generational household, since we live with both his mother and father[Che17]. Due to his parents being elderly, we stay and help take care of them. Our household has three generations living in it. Our family is unique, and while there are others who are like our family, share the same qualities that ours does. Evolution of our FamilyThis family like many others has evolved over time. For instance, when my husband’s great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents all dated before they lived with one another. Once they married, they moved out on to their own and had children of their own. In past generations only the husband went out and worked. He was the breadwinner of the family, while the wives