Most people tend to focus in on the peculiar foibles and eccentricities of their own family, feeling as though theirs is a strange one but still loving them nonetheless. While they may have their unique quirks, they likely are no more bizarre than any other family if you’re looking closely enough. And besides, a little bit of off-kilt behavior is a forgivable sin so long as they’ve still fostered a loving, caring and safe environment for you to grow up in. After all, that isn’t always the case.
Not every unusual family is a dysfunctional one, but every dysfunctional family skews towards the unusual in one way or another. This list covers both ends of the spectrum. Here, you can find happy clans that lead rewarding, fulfilling lives while living under unconventional circumstances. However, you’ll also see some unhealthy family dynamics where child rearing and general familial decisions have produced tension-filled relationships and have played a detrimental role in the development of the next generation.
In regards to the first category, there are situations brought on either deliberately or through uncontrolled variables that can lead to a pretty uniquely alternative living environment for a family. But children are typically resilient, capable of offsetting a jarring culture change and even thriving amidst a wide variety of circumstances. We may scoff, but households can still function in a three-parent structure or while cruising on the ocean for months at a time. Although conventional parenting may not concur with these methods, happiness has even been achieved through romantic love between grandmother and grandson, families housing pet lions and even a multi-generational clan living on the lam.
Of course, not every piece of against the grain parenting can breed success, or is even designed with positive benefits in mind. Unfortunately, humans require no form of license of authorization to bear children, so those who have no business raising a family can do so. Instances of reckless parenting on this list range from the relatively innocuous but ill-advised, such as inviting cameras into your home to film your 19 children, to full out criminal, with a psycho mother and even a whole Russian family delving into some murderous activity. There is no singular mode of parenting or family growth that represents the correct path on how to raise a family, but there certainly are some very wrong ones.
Indeed, every family is a little bit off beat. We don’t get to choose them, so inevitably there’s going to be some aspects of our family dynamic that weird us out, especially when living in close quarters with the rest of the motley crew. But mom’s attempts to be cool and dad’s hot seat grilling of your latest boyfriend or girlfriend seem relatively tame next to the wacky choices made by these off the wall family units. Compared to these groups of kinfolks, your family is just a mundane, every-day collection of completely normal human beings. Welcome to the weirdest family photo album that you’ll likely ever see.