My Primary Group:
My mother and father raised my brother, sister and me in a very typical primary group setting. We lived in a small town, in a house set back in the woods, somewhat removed from modern technology. I spent most of my days playing outside with my brother, with my mother close by taking care of my sister. My dad grew up a soccer player and started all three of us kids playing at the age of 5; one of my first steady introductions to an outside sphere of influence. As I grew older, between sports and school, I started making friends outside of my immediate family. After school I would ride my bike to meet up with friends and I spent more and more time with them instead of my family. My friends and I would ride bikes, explore the woods, or play sports together on a daily basis but I always came home for a family dinner. My active childhood expanded, now in high school, playing soccer and lacrosse both year round. After 8 hours of school I would have at least 2 hours of practice for either sport, depending on the season, but still always made the family dinner, now sandwiched between doing homework. My family started to spread, all three kids playing sports non-stop, my parents getting divorced and my mom going back to work, but we still found time for dinner with my mom, or a barbeque with my dad on the weekends.


  • Analysis of My Primary Group:
    • My brother wakes me up
    • Eat breakfast with family
    • Ride bus to school, school mates
    • class, recess, lunch, play
    • bus home
    • Play outside with friends, bike riding
    • sports practice, soccer, baseball, lacrosse
    • family dinner
    • homework, bed
  • Analysis of My Current Life in Respect to My Primary Group
    • Talk to my mom and brother once a month
    • Talk to my dad even less frequently
    • Talk to my sister a couple times a week, facebook
    • Spend most of my time at work/school
    • Home time is spent on homework, remaining time with Jem
    • No longer in contact with any childhood playmates save a couple
    • Face to face time with mom, sister and brother about a weekend every two months
    • Face to face with dad a day out of every six months