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Modern family: what are families like today?

Throughout the 20th century, many of the traditional roles of the family changed, giving rise to the so-called modern family. What is it exactly? What characterizes modern families? Would you define your family as such?

The family was and continues to be considered the nucleus of society. Nevertheless, the roles and patterns of the family have evolved over the years and, in fact, from the 20th century onwards they underwent very significant changes. In recent decades, the concept of the traditional family, with paternal–maternal authority and well-defined roles, has been broken, to move to the so-called modern family, with a more independent and flexible structure.

A good example of this family is the famous American television series “A Very Modern Family”, which portrays a family with diffuse roles, in which there are blood ties that are no longer important, with new interactions between its members and a perception flexible and respectful life in view of the individual freedoms of each of its members. Thus, the modern family defines many types of family, from the one formed by a couple with their children (traditional family type) to the one composed of single parents, same-sex couples, or couples with children from previous relationships.

Features of the modern family

The modern family has characteristics that differentiate it from the traditional one. Are the following:

  • Tolerant and flexible. It is the main definition of a modern family, which respects the particularities of each of its members and is not limited to a pre-established scheme of traditional roles of mom, dad, son, or daughter. In this type of family, all members collaborate in household chores, help each other, and, normally, all members work or study to do it a day later.
  • heterogeneous. In the modern family, the blood bond becomes secondary and the most important is the affective bond. Thus, a modern family can be constituted by parents with adopted and own children, formed by parents who adopt the children of the other party and maintain a good relationship with their exes, etc.
  • Although modern families can be found in all areas, the most common is to live in cities. This implies that they tend to be small families, formed by couples who have one or two children, not more. This characteristic is due to the fact that its members have a professional success that does not allow them to dedicate themselves 100% to family life.
  • Technological It is another of the characteristics of the modern family. Nevertheless, technology can be dangerous and negatively affect the family unit if, for example, its members pay more attention to technology than to the human relationship between different members.

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