Thursday, February 25, 2010

Extended Family, A Filipino Culture


Families in the Philippines normally are extended. It means that the direct family is normally joined by the grandparents, aunts and uncles and even nieces and nephews.  Sometimes, the house helpers  who have stayed longer have become part of the family household.


My old home was composed of my husband’s cousins who chose to live with us so they can help with the house chores and  the family business.


But, when we chose to head back to my parents’ place, I have to squeeze my family with my parents, siblings and nephews, cousin and house helpers.   So, basically the house is packed! LOL!


With the house members around, at least, they get to help raise the kids and make parenting and marriage  lighter. But, having extra people around you can make your budget and days difficult too. LOL!!!! But, whatever is the family arrangement, I guess the bottomline is if the household is in harmony with one another.




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