I live with my grandparents because my parents died when I was a baby. We live in a big house, and I have a huge room with my own balcony. In the summertime, I do my homework there. My grandparents are very nice to me. My grandpa always helps me repair my bike, and my grandma often invites my friends for dinner. I also have an uncle who comes around for the weekend from time to time, and he is an architect. At the moment, he is working in Japan for three months, and we are looking after his dog. But he promised me to bring a surprise back from Japan. My uncle has no wife. My grandma always says he is married to his job. Then there is aunt Miriam who is not a real aunt actually but the best friend of my grandma. Since they have known each other for such a long time, she became a member of our family. Aunt Miriam has lots of grandchildren, and sometimes we all meet in the park. Then we have a great picnic and much fun!
However, the said roles may vary from culture to culture because there are countries who welcome mothers who take the roles of a father. Nevertheless, both parents should welcome and take responsibilities. They should both complement each other so harmony among the members is well maintained. Roles, whether imposed unconsciously or not, determine each member's status. How the roles are assigned and executed reflects the overall values and principles lived out by the family. Usually, the higher the roles and responsibilities a member executes, the higher his or her status in the family becomes. But, by stating and knowing the basic rules and principles of a family does not assure harmony among the members even if I were to write the best and most biased essay on my family. It's the emotional attachment and connection for each member that relationships get healthy. A family is like a human body where there is the head, the heart and the other body parts. Each part is important no matter how little their function may appear to be.