This week's topic is the structure of the immediate family you were raised in. Later prompts will ask for more details on certain members of this family; this one is simply a general overview. Remember to respect the privacy of living people by editing any personal information that you place online.
*Who were the adults that lived in your household growing up? Were they your parents, step-parents, uncles and/or aunts, grandparents, or friends/significant others of your parents?
*Who were the children that lived in your household growing up? Were they your siblings, half- or step-siblings, cousins, or others?
*If you were a child of divorced or separated parents, how did you share your time between the two households?
*Are you an adopted child (either adopted by a couple or by a step-parent)? What are your thoughts and feelings about your adoption? What are your thoughts and feelings about your birth parent(s)? How did your adoption impact you? If you have siblings (biological or adoptive), how did your adoption impact your relationship with them? (This set of questions could be a separate blog.)
*Were you an only child? If so, do you prefer your only child status, or do you wish you had siblings? Why or why not? If you have siblings, where were you in the birth order? After reading this, do you feel like you are a typical person for your birth order? (A fun survey to take is the Birth Order Predictor...does it fit you?)
*Did you have to share a bedroom? How did that work out?
*Which adult did you feel closest to, and why? Did this relationship change as you became an adult?
*Which sibling/other child did you feel closest to, and why? Did this relationship change as you became an adult?
Find a group shot or two of your family and add them to your journal. Don't forget to label it!
Next week's prompt topics will be about your elementary school life. Happy Journaling!