The concept of a “family” has taken many different perspectives over the past decades. The prototypical family has always been viewed as a couple with two children. However, decades have gone by and various cultural changes have changed the perspective of the modern family. Females are viewed as more powerful and having no children at all is becoming more common. Same sex couples have also been a growing trend. With the way the current economy is shifting, pressure is being put back onto many relatives.
- In previous generations, marriages were created as social alliances or an attempt to create a male heir to continue the family name.
- Many recent family trends in society are breaking with traditional stereotypes.
- Single family homes, same-sex headed families, childless families and serial monogamy are all become more common-place.
“The cereal packet family is the archetype of the nuclear family, which consists of a couple and their dependent children.”