I can give you countless stories on the walls of my office of folks that have used the word recklessly, more by lack of knowledge rather than ignorance. Stories of broken, devalued and low morale lessons in what we all think "family" is and was.
One thing we teach at OPT is family.
I have many families in my life, but to each holds the same description; honour of others, respect elders, help because you can not because you have to.
As a child I thought I understood family; as a young adult I thought I knew family; when i began my own I thought I knew family...they come and go just as the definition evolves.
Holding too close an attachment to what you believe family is not important; what is are the principles underlying what it means to be a part of one FULLY!
I would step in front of a truck for any member of my family; and they know it (ex's are my house family, my OPT trainer family, my big dawg family, my client family, etc...)
In one line/statement; give me your definition of family.