d. thoughts about your future family, partner, housing, work
e. family and society (functions of the family, family in the past and present, generation gap, single parent families, divorce, low birthrate)
I know there are lots of things that can go wrong within families but on the whole I think my family is a very strong and loving family and we get along really well. I think it must be hard when parents split up and get divorced.
I feel safe and loved within my family and I believe that that is how it should be.
At school I study Sociology and Personal Social and Health Education and some of the most interesting discussions we have had have been based around the subject of the family. Over time the nature and make up of the family unit in the western world has changed. Increase in the divorce rate has meant that many families are now one parent families. Attitudes towards unmarried pregnancies and births have also changed so that is no longer a stigma to have a child outside of marriage. Same sex marriages are still not legal, however in some countries same-sex couples are allowed to enter into civil partnerships. The civil partnership is a separate union which provides the legal consequences of marriage.
The law about adoption for same sex couples is called- LGBT adoption, which is the adoption of children by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. Adoption by same sex couples is legal in some countries like Britain, however, the LGBT adoption by same-sex couples is prohibited by the majority of countries.
Fostering is another option for couples to care for a child. Foster parents are paid by the government to look after children on a temporary basis before they are returned to their biological parents or they are adopted.
As we see, all these things are changing the nature of the traditional family unit. All the different varieties of family set ups can be very successful. However, I believe that the best platform for a stable family unit is that of a loving and happy couple.
I think that there is a lot of pressure on one parent families and it is hard work for a single person to bring up a child on their own. In this instance there may well be economic problems too i.e. not enough money to keep the family going. I think that children need two good role models to learn from, to help them grow and become good adults.
My family is also lucky because we still have grandparents. In our society I think grandparents are not given enough credit for all they do in helping to bring up children. My grandparents are great and I know they have helped Mum and Dad financially and in giving their time. Mum and Dad still go to them for advice and although Grandma and Granddad don’t baby-sit us anymore, because we are too old, they still come to see us a lot.
In the future I would like to have a partner and a family, not with Emma though, not yet anyway. I would like to be a good dad, like my Dad, and a good husband for my wife. That would be my aim. I think having a baby must be the most important thing you can do in your life and it is a lot of responsibility. You have to be really sure before you do. I hope that I would not end up divorced, but I know that pressures on people in this day and age can be really hard.
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viacslovné slovesá - phrasal verbs-afixové slovesá
Phrasal verbs, alebo afixové slovesá, sú slovesá, ktoré sa viažu s predložkou, ktorá má adverbiálny charakter. Afixové slovesá sa tvoria z najkratších a najjednoduchších slovies v anglickom jazyku - napr: be, break, bring, come, do, fall, find. Keď sa takéto sloveso spojí s predložkou má odlišný význam s každou takouto predložku, no dokonca aj jedna a tá istá predložka môže mať iný význam v rozličných kontextoch.
Put out your cigarettes.
My mum was very put out, because I got home too late.
My mum's put out her knee again.
Firefighters put out the blaze.