Family: The Nuclear Family

The Nuclear Family
Family in its most simplistic form is defined as; “a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household” (Oxford dictionary). In terms of the nuclear family (the typical family with a mother, a father and a few children), this definition fits perfectly. Unfortunately, times have changed and the nuclear family is no longer the ideal. The modern family is continuously changing and now, there is a greater diversity of people which makes for a greater diversity of families - same sex couples, single-parents, stepfamilies, and etcetera. An anthropologist may say that “Kinship is an emic, culturally constructed concept” and is a “basic social, economic and political building block” (Gambold, 2014). In relation
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While this seemingly is a variety of ‘family facts’, Scoffield also interviews wedding planner, Shannon Kennedy, to allow readers and inside look at how the diverse set of families comes together. With the multitude of families in the modern world, weddings and other events change dramatically to adapt to the lifestyles of those …show more content…
The nuclear family is declining, making way for a new typical, or even a new nuclear family. First, we have the baby boomers, whom are grown up, and out of the house. This leaves their parents around the age of 65 and older and, with no kids in the house, they fit into Scoffield’s “people living alone” (Scoffield, 2012) description. There are many more couples who live alone and even people who are single and are without children. Some people will choose to not have children, and others will hold off they are until married, financially stable, get a higher education, get a good job, etcetera. Even married couples, according to Scoffield have “declined outright by 132,715 over the past decade.” Additionally, same sex couples, whom are on the rise, are unable to have a child of their own – unless they go through the process of getting a surrogate. They have the choice of adoption, which is a long and messy, but very rewarding, process. Therefore, same sex couples are usually living alone rather than adopting children. The families listed above are all on a steady increase and therefore make up for a large chunk of families in Canada. This makes is so why “there are more people living alone in Canada than there are couples with children” (Scoffield

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