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I Have An Extended Family

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 31 People

    In Nigeria

    I have a lot of family members that live in Nigeria on both my mom's and dad's side, and when ever we visit them, my grandma, uncles, aunts, and cousins will be living in one house all the time.
    Elijahx Elijahx 18-21, M Apr 5, 2013

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    Everybody's Home!

    I haven't ever thought of myself as particularly maternal, but my life experience says otherwise, I guess.  I had to look after my younger brothers.  Then as a young adult there was always somebody in crisis crashing on my floor or sofa.  Then I married a man with...
    NANSELTAR NANSELTAR 61-65, F May 11, 2008

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    Everybody's Home!

    I haven't ever thought of myself as particularly maternal, but my life experience says otherwise, I guess.  I had to look after my younger brothers.  Then as a young adult there was always somebody in crisis crashing on my floor or sofa.  Then I married a man with...
    NANSELTAR NANSELTAR 61-65, F 2 Responses May 11, 2008

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    I Would Like An Extended Family

    I have this fantasy about an extended family. My wife and I don't have any children, neither does our very limited circle of friends. So, our lives aren't driven by kid related activities, but do we both enjoy having kids around. I often wonder what it would be like to have a big...
    love2c love2c 46-50, M Apr 11, 2012

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    In Palermo (capital of Sicily),

    my mum'a family has a huge house that my grandparents, uncles, cousins, and aunts live in
    alecardarelli alecardarelli 13-15, M May 30

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    Yes I have two family members both of them will most likely not live past this year
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      In my family, we are composed of four children. My sister(29), my brother(28), my other brother(27) and me(13). Look at the age gaps. It's enough to have a dramatic soap...
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    I always get accepted in to a family. I end up acting mother to children and a caregiver to this person or that. I always take responsibility even though it is not my place to do...
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    l will try to make a long story short, I was 15 yrs. old when I ran away from a foster home to go live with my kids father who was 21yrs old himself. I was 16 yrs. old when I had...
    Riverawife Riverawife 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 5

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    My husband and I have a large family bed for our kids and their kids too. I have 7 grand kids now and expecting more in the next few months and into next year.
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    I was born in a different country. My mom used my dad to get to America and abandoned me when I was 6, right after she got into the states . I was abused and neglected by my father...
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    This is what led me to ep. I need someone to talk to and understand how I feel. To say I have no family wouldn't be true. I have a husband and five children, whom I love dearly. I...
    ktjade ktjade 31-35, F 6 days ago

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    When I was a kid and my youngest sibling was to young remember my mom used to beat and brutalize me from the age of 4 -11 My aunt knew she lived below us. She beat me with hangers...
    Sincerely77 Sincerely77 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 2

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    I feel like a broken hearted girl , too be ( && ) #LOVE with someone who I feel like they cheating i don't understand WHY do I put MYSELF thru this LUST we have , my hold LIFE...
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    I wish I had a different family sometimes, but then I stop and look, and see how lucky I am. I should be more grateful and appreciative that I have a family of my own.
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