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Identify ten insights/lessons/beliefs you take from your family experience to date. For each, discuss how you came to that insight/lesson/belief and what influences it. For each of the ten, discuss positive and possibly adverse ways that insights/lesson/belief might have on your family practice.

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You will have to develop this assignment on your own, as it asks about your personal experiences. To start, I can help you brainstorm examples of lessons and hopefully prompt you to think of how your experiences have shaped your beliefs!

First, we can think of a few generic lessons or beliefs that you might hold, and if you agree, you can identify the specific experiences that helped shape this belief for you from there.

You might think of unconditional love when you think of family. If the idea of unconditional love is a personal belief for you, consider an experience where this proved to be true. Did you ever mess up as a teen but had your parents show they loved you anyway? For this assignment, we also need to think of how believing in unconditional love could positively or negatively impact our family practices. One example of a positive is that a parents love their child no matter what their gender or sexuality is. A negative example might be turning a blind eye to a relative's continual poor choices that hurt others.

If you are religious, you can probably link that to some family experience, such as going to church every Sunday or learning about a specific religious holiday from your grandparents. Think about the religious beliefs you hold and specific examples of times when your family helped instill that in you.

If you are in school now, that tells me that you value the importance of education. If higher learning is a personal belief for you, consider how your parents or siblings might have helped foster that belief.

We can also think of a number of family experiences that you might have and, from there, consider lessons you might have learned from that.

If your parents are divorced, it might be easy to name the adverse effects this has had on your family practice—perhaps now you are slow to trust or do not believe in marriage. However, perhaps the experience of your parents' divorce helped you understand what true love is and that it involves full communication, respect, and trust. You might have learned the importance of communication from your parents' lack of communication.

Have you ever moved? Moving can teach us a lot. Home is not the place, but the people. Moving multiple times in your life might have taught you practical lessons about organization and money management. The experience of starting somewhere new with your family has the potential for many lessons learned.

I hope this brainstorming helps you consider multiple family experiences and the beliefs that came from them!

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