Essay on Should A Nuclear Family Be A Atomic Family?

1265 Words Apr 13th, 2015 6 Pages
Having a “nuclear family” is something that many people want, fantasize, and even dream about. For some, it is even their ultimate life goal to achieve and for others it is simply because they feel that a nuclear family is the correct way to raise children and the ideal of how a family should be. Another reason people may want a nuclear family is because they can provide the structure and stability that children need. According to the American Psychological Association (2015), a “nuclear family” consists of a mother, father, and children. For many years, nuclear families have been publicly broadcasted through several different popular television shows such as Good Times, The Brady Bunch, 7thHeaven, Full House, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air , The Cosby Show, and Family Matters. These television shows have highly influenced people about family by demonstrating what it consists of and the importance of it. Many people idolize these television families and want the same characteristics from them incorporated into their own families.
However, some families do not quite end up like nuclear families that are portrayed on television. A dramatic change has occurred causing the “nuclear family” to not be as popular as it use to be. Single-parent homes have become the new families and have been more frequent for over the past two decades. A single-parent home can consist of children under the age of eighteen being raised solely by the mother, father, grandparent, or other legal guardian…

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