The days of nuclear families in the United States (dad, mum, and one or two children) are gone. Today, various forms of families are more popular than ever, but still much embraced. It is not unusual if one mother is raised, or that she is a mixed family. It is rarer to live in a family in which both parents are happy to be together, but many do remain.
And more interestingly, there is a particular family structure in each different type (there are six major ones to which people agree). Learning about your family type and thinking about how it affects your family dynamics will allow you to understand whether you already have issues with the family or undergo a major change in the composition of your family. Looking at the form and complexities of your family will also offer you a clearer sense of your family’s strengths and deficiencies.
There are two parents (usually married or common law) and their offspring, nuclear families, also known as primary or conventional families. Nuclear households may have one or two parental children or their adoptive children, but the core point is that in the family home the parents raise their children together.
Although nuclear families seem to diminish, U.S. census data for 2016 reveals that 69 percent of children still reside in nuclear families. Even if it doesn’t happen that way, this is the perfect family atmosphere for the majority of people to raise children.
Families with one parent consist of one or two children. The parent either never married, is widowed, or divorced in these circumstances. A report was written by Ellwood, D.T., and Jencks, C. (2004) talks about the increase in divorce rates in single-parent households since the 1960s (and so did births happening out of wedlock). They say that these developments may be caused by several causes, from shifting society’s morals to the discussions around gender norms.
A person parenting children alone is not that unusual, just like all other family type single-parent houses have their advantages and disadvantages. While fans of traditional families agree that children need both parents, we see that some family members are good at fighting for others.
While most people in the United States would call nuclear families the ‘standard’ family kind, extended families in diverse societies are much more prevalent and have been around for centuries. Large families consist of families of two or three people that typically have a connection with children by blood or marriage.
Extended families often live together to sustain society and accomplish shared goals. Parents may, for example, live with children and grandparents of their children. This allows the family to provide support for the older people, and the grandparents can assist with childcare while the parents travel.
Families without children are families of two adults who cannot or do not want children. These families are frequently ignored or left out of the world of family styles and complexities. In the past, it was the tradition to grow up, get married, and have children, but in the world today there have been more people who want to put off or decide not to have children.
Everyone has their own strengths and disadvantages or advantages, regardless of the type of family you associate with. This is generally more obvious to those with one or more family transitions in their lives, so they can adapt to how the dynamics of each family vary.