dictionary.com says “a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not”.
Most people would take this a step further and extend it to Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Then some would further extend that to those close to them. People that have comforted and motivated them in times of great peril. People that have nurtured and celebrated them in the discovery of unseen accomplishments.
What are your parameters for family? What are your expectations for inherited family vs. adopted family? Is there a difference?
At this present moment I’m still contemplating my own answers... hoping to be inspired by experience. Hoping to find some answers in my current interactions. Intending to be fair and just; struggling not to be irrational and inconsistent. Maybe some of your reasons will help provide clarity for mine.