Traditional(conservative) family vs modern family What is a family?


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Traditional(conservative) family VS modern family

What is a family?

  • For the word 'family' we can use a number of definitions with lots of meanings. But all of them are connected with only one:
  • A family is a group of people who are related to each other, especially parents and children. A group consisting of two parent and their children living together as a unit is called a family.
  • To some, the true meaning of family means a group of people related by blood or ancestry. To others, it has nothing to do with genes and everything to do with love, compassion and support.

Why we need a family?

Family is important because it provides love, support and a framework of values to each of its members. Family members teach each other, serve one another and share life's joys and sorrows. Families provide a setting for personal growth. Family is the single most important influence in a child's life.

Types of family:

Nuclear family

Extended family

Joint family


Single parent family

Childless family

Step family

Grandparent family


In today's lesson we will debate and discuss about 2 types of family: traditional and modern.

Traditional (or conservative) family.

  • A traditional family is a family structure that consists of a man, woman and one or more of their biological or adopted children. In most traditional families, the man and woman are husband and wife.
  • The percentage of traditional families in the U.S. has steadily declined over the past 40 years. In 2010, the USA Census Bureau estimated that only 20% of all U.S. households were traditional families.
  • Another term used to refer to a traditional family is a nuclear family.

Modern family.

The modern family is a smaller family. It is no longer a joint or traditional family. Moreover, the tendency is to have a smaller family and the contraceptives help in checking the birth.

Modern family revolves around three different types of families(nuclear, blended and single parent).

In modern family people are less subject to the parental control concerning whom and when they shall marry. The marriage is now settled by the partners themselves. It is choice of mate by mate usually preceded by courtship or falling in love.

Differences between:

Traditional family

  • was regarded as a social unit;
  • used to be families of very big size;
  • the women occupied a very low position in the family;
  • women were dependent on men for the fulfillment of all their needs and wants;
  • was religious in outlook;
  • the parents contracted the marriage;
  • was an economic unit.

Modern family

  • have become individualistic in outlook;
  • are quite small in size;
  • the women are not the devotee of men but an equal partner in life with equal rights;
  • women are now property-owners as well as wage earners and do not want to lag behind men in any way;
  • is secular in attitude;
  • people is less subject to the paternal control in the matter of mate choice.
  • It is clear from the foregoing facts that the family has been subjected to profound modification of an economic, social ans biological natura. The modern family is jo longer the economic and self-sufficient unit. But despite all this it may be said that the family still remaina strategic social institution.
  • The loss of its functions and the change in its structure has not destroyed its basic position. Thus it may be said in the end that the modern family has considerably changed from the traditional family, but this process of change has been all at once the result of changing needs and current circumstances.

Thank you for your attention!


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