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    Who hasn’t heard the saying “blood is thicker than water” at least once in their life? Whether you like them or not, you can’t choose who you’re biologically related to. Sometimes they bring you grief, and others, they bring you joy and laughter. And still others, they bring you a mix of things that are very hard to define.

    For some, there is no biological relation between themselves and those that make up their families. Even with the lack of blood ties, the bonds shared between these people, brought on by marriage or adoption, can be just as strong, if not more so in some cases.

    In this thread you can freely talk about family, be they parents, siblings, children, or more distant relations. You can chat about your experiences with your family, what you like about them, what you dislike about them, family traditions, etc. Feel free to ask for advice concerning experiences or problems that may have taken place in your family.

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    I love my family. It is full of contradictions.
    My father is the strict, traditional Japanese man. While my mother is the outgoing, modern French woman.
    Growing up with my father is like everyday boot camp. He gets upset over the littlest things like when we slouch while eating.
    But my mother makes jokes out of it. When my father scolds us, my mother is always there to defend us.
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    I like my family, they are good people and I don't get bored.

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    Today was yet another day I was thankful for having brothers. Yet again one has gotten me out of being the one to do that yard work.
    Quote Originally Posted by cityvillain View Post
    I love my family. It is full of contradictions.
    My father is the strict, traditional Japanese man. While my mother is the outgoing, modern French woman.
    Growing up with my father is like everyday boot camp. He gets upset over the littlest things like when we slouch while eating.
    But my mother makes jokes out of it. When my father scolds us, my mother is always there to defend us.
    Sounds like they balance each other out nicely. xD

    Quote Originally Posted by Judas Priest View Post
    I like my family, they are good people and I don't get bored.
    Did you mention that you work with your dad in construction before, or did I imagine that?

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    I think my family is pretty amazing. We often have family meeting, especially now that my brother is a father, so we can all see his daughter pretty often. There's literally no drama, everyone gets along perfectly with each other and there's an awesome ambiance when everyone is there.

    There is that cousin I wish I wasn't related to, though, but I think it's a good price to pay to have a family like this one.

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    I have a huge, complicated family, and it's full of plenty of drama, which is not a good thing. :I My dad has been around in his days and has multiple children, all from different women. On top of that, I had never met my biological mother until a few months ago, and I have younger siblings from her side, too. (I'm the oldest.) I was adopted by my grandmother when I was a baby, which means that legally my dad is my brother and my grandmother is my mother, and it's just crazy. Most of them don't talk to one another anymore because of something that happened somewhere down the line.

    Sometimes I feel like I'm the glue that holds all this insanity together. I never grew up with a cohesive family unit, so I always make a conscious effort to bring the members of my family together whenever I can... because if I didn't, I feel like they would all just drift apart again. I don't like the concept of being related to a bunch of strangers.
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    I love my family, and I enjoy everyday I'm living with them. But I wish they would stop scaring me about how I have to live on my own someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kakuna Matata View Post
    Sounds like they balance each other out nicely. xD
    lol yea. I guess, opposite really attracts.
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    Most of the time, I love my family. I said most of the time. In that other percentage, it's full of dysfunction and drama.

    First there's my sister, Reshizek. We have a typical brother-sister relationship. We fight a lot, but nothing too bad, the majority of the time we get along. Basically like twins. Yeah, we always tease each other, but in a fun way.

    Then there's my dad. My dad is the nicer one out of my parents, scolding my sister and I if needed, but usually very fun to be around. Unfortunately, whenever there's a clash, he always sides with my mom or my sister, because my mom is older and my sister's younger. But, I have yet to clash head-on with him.

    Then we have my mom. She's the one that scolds everyone. She's constantly yelling at all of us, whether it about my incompetence with computers, my dad's "bigmouth" style, or my sister's messiness, it can be pretty frustrating sometimes. But what really annoys me is that, while she is the driving force in the family, she now thinks that she owns our souls. If we ever clash, she never lets me say my side of the story, claiming she's the better one and I'm just a stupid kid. That leads to a huge imbalance in power. It doesn't matter HOW good our debate points are, she always kicks them aside and simply keeps yelling. Usually she cools off later, but sometimes it goes farther, with her even threatening to sabotage my getting to school on time by not waking me up, refusing to drive me anywhere, and even threatening to notify the principal about the "stuff" I did, in order to make my school life awful. It's really frustrating, and I can never get her to listen to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenax View Post
    I think my family is pretty amazing. We often have family meeting, especially now that my brother is a father, so we can all see his daughter pretty often. There's literally no drama, everyone gets along perfectly with each other and there's an awesome ambiance when everyone is there.

    There is that cousin I wish I wasn't related to, though, but I think it's a good price to pay to have a family like this one.
    Sounds like you lucked out being born into your family. :3 I didn't know you were an uncle already.

    My parents keep hinting that they want grandkids to my brother and his wife, but for now they have to settle with grandpuppies.

    Quote Originally Posted by Laterose View Post
    I have a huge, complicated family, and it's full of plenty of drama, which is not a good thing. :I My dad has been around in his days and has multiple children, all from different women. On top of that, I had never met my biological mother until a few months ago, and I have younger siblings from her side, too. (I'm the oldest.) I was adopted by my grandmother when I was a baby, which means that legally my dad is my brother and my grandmother is my mother, and it's just crazy. Most of them don't talk to one another anymore because of something that happened somewhere down the line.

    Sometimes I feel like I'm the glue that holds all this insanity together. I never grew up with a cohesive family unit, so I always make a conscious effort to bring the members of my family together whenever I can... because if I didn't, I feel like they would all just drift apart again. I don't like the concept of being related to a bunch of strangers.
    Sounds like you've lead quite the interesting life. Maybe not the most enjoyable at times, but it seems like it would give you quite a few tales to tell.

    No one else shares in the sentiment of having more family get togethers?

    Quote Originally Posted by darkqueen View Post
    I love my family, and I enjoy everyday I'm living with them. But I wish they would stop scaring me about how I have to live on my own someday.
    Younger siblings calling dibs on your room?

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    Most of the time, I love my family. I said most of the time. In that other percentage, it's full of dysfunction and drama.

    First there's my sister, Reshizek. We have a typical brother-sister relationship. We fight a lot, but nothing too bad, the majority of the time we get along. Basically like twins. Yeah, we always tease each other, but in a fun way.

    Then there's my dad. My dad is the nicer one out of my parents, scolding my sister and I if needed, but usually very fun to be around. Unfortunately, whenever there's a clash, he always sides with my mom or my sister, because my mom is older and my sister's younger. But, I have yet to clash head-on with him.

    Then we have my mom. She's the one that scolds everyone. She's constantly yelling at all of us, whether it about my incompetence with computers, my dad's "bigmouth" style, or my sister's messiness, it can be pretty frustrating sometimes. But what really annoys me is that, while she is the driving force in the family, she now thinks that she owns our souls. If we ever clash, she never lets me say my side of the story, claiming she's the better one and I'm just a stupid kid. That leads to a huge imbalance in power. It doesn't matter HOW good our debate points are, she always kicks them aside and simply keeps yelling. Usually she cools off later, but sometimes it goes farther, with her even threatening to sabotage my getting to school on time by not waking me up, refusing to drive me anywhere, and even threatening to notify the principal about the "stuff" I did, in order to make my school life awful. It's really frustrating, and I can never get her to listen to me.
    Your sister has a cool name. :o

    Good thing you have your dad to balance your mom out. While waking up on your own probably wouldn't be too hard to accomplish without her, the other two threats go a bit too far, imho. What could she possibly have over your head to make your school life hell?

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    Not much, luckily. Although she never actually does the threats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kakuna Matata View Post
    Sounds like you lucked out being born into your family. :3 I didn't know you were an uncle already.

    My parents keep hinting that they want grandkids to my brother and his wife, but for now they have to settle with grandpuppies.
    I did. :3 and I'm an uncle twice, actually. My older brother on my father's side had a son when I was about 10. I don't see them often, though, since they live in Ontario, but it doesn't bother me so much.

    Are they planning on having kids? I think that's part of the reason my brother had his daughter, because my mom kept hinting that (although it was far from subtle), but I don't think he regrets it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFSpock View Post
    Not much, luckily. Although she never actually does the threats.
    That's good to hear. Still, seems a bit much to even threaten that sort of thing, imho. Have you talked to your dad about feeling frustrated when trying to communicate with her?

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    I did. :3 and I'm an uncle twice, actually. My older brother on my father's side had a son when I was about 10. I don't see them often, though, since they live in Ontario, but it doesn't bother me so much.

    Are they planning on having kids? I think that's part of the reason my brother had his daughter, because my mom kept hinting that (although it was far from subtle), but I don't think he regrets it.
    How many siblings do you have?

    Not right now. They've been married for a year, but they don't want any kids just yet. They have their hands full with the dogs. xD
    Plus they were planning on moving to Florida, but they couldn't sell their house this summer, so they're staying for at least another year. I don't think they want to have kids until they can make the move. Which made my mom sad because then she wouldn't get to see her grandkids even when they did have them. (Which admittedly does kinda suck, but on the bright side, we have a reason to go to Florida and a place to stay for free! Easier Disney World access along with possibly meeting up with a bff who moved down their a few months ago.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kakuna Matata View Post
    That's good to hear. Still, seems a bit much to even threaten that sort of thing, imho. Have you talked to your dad about feeling frustrated when trying to communicate with her?
    I tried, it didn't work, really. :/ She only threatens to do that stuff when I really piss her off somehow. Which is actually pretty rare, surprisingly. She usually just yells at me for a few seconds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TFSpock View Post
    I tried, it didn't work, really. :/ She only threatens to do that stuff when I really piss her off somehow. Which is actually pretty rare, surprisingly. She usually just yells at me for a few seconds.
    Ah, I thought it was at the drop of a pin or the like. While yelling still isn't the best default response, there are worse ones. But then again it seems like she isn't angered to easily, so that's good for all the parties involved.

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