The Family Communication Sourcebook provides an in-depth examination of contemporary theory and research in the area of family communication. This unique collection offers a state-of-the art approach by pairing conceptual pieces with original studies in the same general topic area. Editors Lynn H. Turner and Richard West present readers with a thoughtful and thorough exploration of the critical issues facing family communication researchers today.

Family Rituals

Family Rituals

Family rituals
Leslie A.BaxterUniversity of Iowa
Dawn O.BraithwaiteUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln

My “Gotcha Day” is just before school is out. My birthday is in the summer when school's out, but I get to have a school party anyway—that's my adoption party! It's just like a birthday party! My mom brings treats, and everybody sings “Happy Adoption Day to You,” like the “Happy Birthday” song. What's different is that since kindergarten, my mom and I get to explain to my class what adoption day means. When I was young, my mom read books to my class about it. Now that I'm a big kid, I get to talk to everybody and answer questions about what it means to be adopted. And when I get home, I get “Gotcha” ...

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