Family Dynamics: Traditional And Nontraditional Families

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Different Family Dynamics: Traditional and Nontraditional Families Sixty-eight percent of American youth are living in non-traditional families. In the United States and all over the world today, there are many different family types. There are single parent families, adoptive or foster families, homosexual families, nuclear families, divorced families, military families, teen parents and grandparents who are in the role of caregiver. Both traditional and non-traditional families have something different to bring to the table, good and bad. The nuclear family, or traditional family, is something that every family wants, because it’s supposed to be the “perfect” family. The father’s role is providing for the family as well as protecting it, while at the same time being the family’s disciplinary role model. The woman’s role within the traditional nuclear family consists of keeping a clean home and motherhood. The mother and father always work out their problems for the sake of their marriage and children. This translates into future success by teaching their children how to seek out positive relationships and interact well with others. Children can also benefit from watching their parents work together to solve problems, delegate household responsibilities and support one another through positive and negative issues. When there is two parent, working class family it means having enough economic stability to provide children with luxuries and opportunities in life. Children may be able to participate in dance, gymnastics, sports, music, art or other types of extracurricular activities and hobbies they may want to explore. Children that are provided with these types of opportunities are more likely do better academically and sociall... ... middle of paper ... ... few decades. Families have been reshaped by high rates of teenage pregnancy, sharp increases in the divorce rate, same sex couples having children, grandparents raising their kid’s children, single-parent families, nuclear families, military families, immigrant families and adoptive or foster families. Yet as families have changed, their functions have not. The diverse ethnic and cultural families are what compose the vast majority of the United States. Each family's unique traditions and teachings blend together to build the very foundation upon which we, as a whole, have grown and will continue to grow. As the changing world presents new and different challenges to both nations and individuals, the family's role must always be to ensure unconditional love and acceptance. In the future the traditional family of today, will end up being non-traditional of tomorrow.

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