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I have an up and down relationship with my mom As I grew up I lived mostly with my mom I saw my dad sometimes but mostly would just see my mom She got remarried when I was about 4 years old By the time she was remarried I spent a lot of time alone or I would stay with my grandma aunt or other relatives I think that made our relationship harder because we stopped talking I started raising myself I would do everything on my own spent a lot of time alone and had no communication with my mom With my family they dont believe highly in communication Families with low conversation orientation view interpersonal communication as something irrelevant and unnecessary for a satisfying successful family life p370 Growing up I mostly stayed in my room she had her space for herself down stairs and I had my space upstairs A lot of the time her and my stepdad just told me to stay upstairs so we didnt spend much time together The type of family I grew up in was a Laissez-Faire family Laissez-Faire families are families are low in both conversation and conformity p372 Few emotional bonds exist between their members Their detachments show itself in a lack of interaction and a decided disinterest in activities that might foster communication p372 I also think I grew up in a type of protective family In a protective family families are low on conversation but high in conformity Parent child power differences are firmly enforced and children are expected to quietly obey p371 I have always had to listen to my parents I follow their rules without arguing it or I would be in trouble To this day my mothers and my relationship isnt very positive I thought it was normal to spend time alone to raise myself or live with family members but as I grew older I came to realize
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