- "Co-" is from the Latin "com-," which meant "together." Co-parents are two or more adults in any family who intentionally nurture dependent kids together.
Active grandparents, aunts, and uncles and some older teens can act as co-parents A co-parent can be a bioparent.
everyone listens to each others' phone calls, and reads other member's personal mail.
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" - Traditionally, an extended bio(logical) family is comprised of a child’s several generations of living genetic and legal relatives other than siblings and parents i.e.
the group of all aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.
Common stepfamily stressors are confusion and disagreement over stepfamily identity and who belongs (is a family member).
- two or more people who feel significantly bonded by some mix of emotions, commitments, history, genes (perhaps), legal contracts (like a marriage license, parenting agreement, or Order of Protection), last names, memories, customs, and ongoing dependencies.
A high-nurturance family consistently fills all these adult and child needs well enough.
Any family may be judged to be somewhere between "very low nurturance" (dysfunctional) and "very high nurturance" (functional).
a childless stepparent, or involved adult relative.
Legally and physically, divorcing-family and stepfamily co-parents are custodial, noncustodial, or share joint custody. A nuclear stepfamily may have three or more co-parents living in two or more related homes with their resident and visiting bio-kids and stepkids.
Thus a nuclear family extended family = "the whole family." Some people use "extended family" to mean all related members.