Dictionary.com has this to say about it:
1. a. a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not: the traditional family.
b. a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for: a single-parent family.
2. the children of one person or one couple collectively: We want a large family.
3. the spouse and children of one person: We're taking the family on vacation next week.
4. any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins: to marry into a socially prominent family.
5. all those persons considered as descendants of a common progenitor.
6. Chiefly British. approved lineage, esp. noble, titled, famous, or wealthy ancestry: young men of family.
7. a group of persons who form a household under one head, including parents, children, and servants.
8. the staff, or body of assistants, of an official: the office family.
9. a group of related things or people: the family of romantic poets; the halogen family of elements.
10. a group of people who are generally not blood relations but who share common attitudes, interests, or goals and, frequently,live together: Many hippie communes of the sixties regarded themselves as families.
11. a group of products or product models made by the same manufacturer or producer.
12. Biology. the usual major subdivision of an order or suborder in the classification of plants, animals, fungi, etc., usually consistingof several genera.
13. Slang. a unit of the Mafia or Cosa Nostra operating in one area under a local leader.
14. Linguistics. the largest category into which languages related by common origin can be classified with certainty: Indo-European, Sino-Tibetan, and Austronesian are the most widely spoken families of languages. Compare stock (def. 12), subfamily (def. 2).
a. a given class of solutions of the same basic equation, differing from one another only by the different values assigned to the constants in the equation.
b. a class of functions or the like defined by an expression containing a parameter.
c. a set.
To most people a family is their parents, their siblings and themselves. In the ideal family everyone loves each other and they all get a long. Back in my parents' generation there was a lot of that, so why is it that now there are so few? Or am I just friends with people that are equally dysfunctional as I? My parents had good families, were raised right and were happy.
So where did things go wrong?
As long as I remember my parents were angry, mean and always yelling. We didn't do things together as a family and if we did someone was always excluded a little or the butt of every joke and not having fun. My father went from screaming to swinging. That's just the way it was. Mom screamed worse.
Can I call that a family?
I moved out at seventeen and into my grandparents' home. Now I'm just as unappreciated. I spend the whole weekend cleaning and no one cares. Friday I tried to tell them that the sink was being weird and I didn't know how to fix it. Said it three times. Everyone ignored me as if I wasn't there. The minute I rose my voice above the tv I called yelled at and asked why I was always such a bitch when I had friends over. (I had three friends over for the night.) Grandma was the one yelling, grandpa ignored it. My aunt was downstairs and out of ear shot, but my friends were not.
She threatened to hit me, just like my dad had for so long before he started to actually do it. It set me off, badly. I yelled back, told her that if she hit me I'd hit her back. Looking at it now I wish I would have told her that I'd walk out on her just like I did mom and dad. She points her finger in my face, nearly hitting my eyes, knee-jerk reaction made me push her hand away, she tells my aunt I tried to hit her.
Can I call that a family?
Why is it that I feel like I have more of a family with my boyfriend then I have with my actual family? I'm not sure what to do anymore, but I know I can't stay here for long.
What kind of family do you have? How was your life growing up? Got any advice?