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Is Your Family Like the Huxtables?

The Cosby Show

Is your family like the cohesive Huxtables on The Cosby Show? Or how about the enmeshed Barones on Everybody Loves Raymond, or the disengaged family in the 1980 film Ordinary People? According to a new study, the category your family fits into (whether cohesive, enmeshed, or disengaged) will affect your child's social and emotional behavior in school. Sharon Jason, who wrote about the study for USA Today, says kids that who grow up in cohesive families like the Huxtables realize they are worthwhile and capable, kids who have more of a Everybody Loves Raymond upbringing may have a harder time knowing who they are, and kids whose families resemble the brood in Ordinary People may grow up depressed.

My family seemed pretty dramatic at times, and some Everybody Loves Raymond episodes are oddly similar to things that have happened to us. (Like Marie, my grandmother used to sabotage recipes so that nobody would be able to make her food as tasty as she could.) But at the end of the day, I remember thinking that things were going to be okay, and that I could go to my parents for anything, which is a main component of the Huxtable dynamic. So maybe my family was a little of both. What about you: Are you a Debra Barone, Clarie Huxtable, or Beth Jarrett? How did you grow up, and what is your family like now?

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