This is in continuation with our Building Positivity in Relationships forum initiative. It was a nuclear family in the literal sense of the word I grew up in mostly because of dad's transferable job but there was always someone staying in the house - grandmothers from both the sides, one or two unmarried aunts or uncles, a cousin who found a new job in our city etc., not to add an aunt or an uncle in every street in the immediate 10 mile radius. News always reached my mom as to where I was if I ever sneaked out even very carefully :biggrin2: I wonder now if having so many aunts and uncles and more aunts and uncles (even explaining how they are related takes one full minute), not to forget the ones that lived with us, so close by affected my parent's marriage at all. They had a good life and with all their fights and disagreements they were still happy. Now, staying far away reflecting back often makes me wonder as to how they managed their extended families and relationships. I am only managing with social media, families I mean. But most of us have the experience - we either have extended families still close by or within the same house or have grown up in one. I am sure we have observed, seen how our parents managed or continue to set the boundaries for extended families and in the process found many practical solutions. Can we discuss some of the things we have seen, observed or practice now? As the dynamics of families change even further, may be this discussion will bring in more insights.