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Living Life as a Non-Traditional Family

    Everybody lives their life as a person everyday, whether it’s at home, school, or elsewhere. As a family, however, it’s different sometimes because there’ll be times when people have their bad days and good days and even their ups and downs.
   But, at the end of the day, people will get through whatever it is they’re going through and try to live their life day by day.
    People think that only traditional families can live a normal life, but that’s not true. Non-traditional families can live a normal life too.
    Inside a South Sacramento apartment on Fruitridge Road and 53rd Street, the Carter family try to live their lives the best way they can, no matter what happens in and out the home.
    Living in an apartment complex, known as “The Village”, is a place they sometimes can’t stand from time to time; however, at the end of the day, it’s better than being homeless and not having somewhere to live.
  “Sometimes I don’t like being at home because of the drama that goes on in and outside these doors, then again it’s better than not having a roof over our heads at all,” says Fatima Carter and Janisha Mercado.
   Jennifer Carter, 28-year-old mother of household, wants what best for her family and would go out of her way to make sure that happens.
  “I do plan to make something of myself by going to school and even getting a job, if possible, but my wife and kids come first; always have and always will,” says Jennifer Carter.
   Fatima Carter, 22-year-old stepmother of household, has dreams of becoming a cosmetologist and having her own hair salon.
  “I want to go to school to get my degree in cosmetology, so that I can be able to open up my own hair salon and show the world how good I am at doing hair,” says Fatima Carter.
   14-year-old Janisha Mercado, oldest daughter and freshman at Sacramento High School, plans to go to college and have a career as a veterinarian.
   “I love animals so much, that I could take care of them all day every day without extent. But, if that doesn’t work out, then I can always go to cooking school to become a baker because I love to bake things too,” says Mercado.
    Six-year-old J’Lynn Carter-Teamer, youngest daughter and first grader at Ethel I. Baker Elementary School, wants to go to college and be a cheerleader when she grows up.
  “When I grow up, I want to be a cheerleader because I like to cheer with my cousins and sing songs from the radio,” says Carter-Teamer.
    As the Carters’ try to live their lives day by day, there are times when irritation comes into play between one another.
Almost every day, both sisters, Mercado and Carter-Teamer, argue and end up either being angry or real irritated at each other.
   “As much as I love J’Lynn, there are times when I just want to scream at her because of how irritating she can be sometimes,” says Mercado, “But I’ll always love her no matter what.”
    Besides the sisters being irritated with each other, couples can also be irritated with each other as well.
   “I love Jen, but she gets on my nerves like almost every day, and it’s always to the point to where I want to just up and leave her and not care,” says Fatima Carter.
    Everything doesn’t always have to be traditional, which is why some people try to break out of it.
  “We might not be a traditional family because of the fact that there are two mothers raising kids and not a mother and father,” says Jennifer Carter, “But, at the end of the day, my family and I love each other, and that’s all that matters.”
   “I will never regret my marriage or having a responsibility of raising my stepchildren because I’ll always love them, no matter what happens,” says Fatima Carter.
    It might not be easy for non-traditional families to live a normal life because of the names they’re being called. But at the end of the day, every family is going to have to try to shake it off and do everything they can to not let negative things, like rumors, get to them.
   Regardless of what happens in life or what everyone goes through, everyone will always love each other and be there for each other as well.

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