The diversity of family dynamics was supported in the 2013, by the United States Census Bureau who surveyed about Family and Living Arrangements. In the research it should:
- 48% of households had married parents
- 9.3% had single moms
- 2% had single dads
- 15.2% females living alone
- 12.3% males living alone
- 6.7% who had cohabiting parents
These are just some statistics on family diversity.
How Family Structure Impacts Everyone
Everyone in a family is impacted by the structure. Whether it is the parent or child, the family layout will greatly impact all members in the family.
Parents have to learn how to parent differently. Marriages may have to learn new ways of communication. Children are sometimes left to fend for themselves.
No matter what your role is in the family structure, you and the rest of your family is impacted.
Start To Move Forward
So if you have recently experienced change in your structure of the family, do not be alarmed, you are not alone. Maybe this change has caused stress, frustration, depression, or many other reactions to the change.
However, be encouraged because there is hope for leveraging adversity in your family dynamic in beneficial ways.
Varying Family Structure
You might be a new single parent after a recent divorce.
You may just experienced a new blending of a family. This structure is in the process of defining roles, responsibilities, and rhythm.
Possibly you are a newly wed looking to build your great family. Marriages without children are still families. It is important to realize family dynamic always starts with the martial status and situation.
Or are you first time parents looking for guidance? Rookie parents are constantly seeking out mentors, wisdom, and answers. This might describe you.
Hope For Those With A Different Family Structure
Paul describes the roles of parents and children in Ephesians 5. Although the roles are clear, there are additional conditions changing your family.
Do not be dismayed. There is hope for the hopeless. There are possibilities for the impossible. There is encouragement for the discouraged.
Simply stated, there is hope for any family structure and marital status. Hope to move forward. Hope to reach healthy family life. Hope to leverage adversity in family structure to achieve God’s greatness.
I hope you realize that you are not alone. Many other people are experiencing the same emotions and conflicts as you. Many have also overcome their adversity to reach greatness and you can as well.
Remember this: Hope is not dependent on the condition or circumstance, but on the people putting their trust and faith in Jesus.
So let’s get working on overcoming your family structure adversity to achieve greatness.