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Advantages Of Living In A Modern Family
Modern Family

Nowadays, it seems that the traditional family structure is disappearing and the modern family is replacing it. The family used to be formed by the grandparents, the parents, their brothers and sisters and their kids, living together in the same house, but now the nuclear family formed by the father, the mother and their children, live in a single house without the rest of the family (“Nuclear Family”). I believe that some of the advantages of living in a modern family are: educational freedom, independence of each family member and the free choice in selecting marriage partners.
In a modern family, both men and women could have more freedom to choose their educational career. For example, after graduating from high school, they can decide to continue their education or not. Some can choose to go to a University in the United States and live on campus, while others can choose to study abroad. Whichever decision they make, the parents would be supportive. On the contrary, in the past, parents could stop their sons from going to school and would force them to work, for example, in the reading “Traditional vs. Modern Family,” Wan L. Lam explains how her grandfather stopped her father from going to high school and forced him to work in ivory sculpture (168). In the past, parents could also make their children to go into a career, without caring if they liked it or not, and they could even stop them from studying abroad.
Another advantage of living in a modern family is that each member is very independent, able to work and provide for themselves. Both parents share the expenses, provide for the family, and also shares responsibilities, such as doing chores at home and taking care of the children. The older children also can work and help parents with their own expenses. In the past, children were very dependent on their parents and were always at home with the mother taking care of them, while the father was at work and was the only...

The Modern Family
At this point in my academic career, I would define a family from two perspectives. One perspective is based on the definition of the U.S. Census Bureau and the other perspective is based on personal fulfillments. From the official governmental definition, a family is “a group of two people or more related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together” (Kunz, 2011:9). These people live together and regard each other as family regardless of their emotional closeness. From the perspective of personal fulfillments, family members do not have to be related by blood or marriages but they share close emotional ties and serve functional purposes. In some cases, they may not even live under the same roof. For example, a family can be a group of close friends, helpful neighbors and people with similar religious believes. Also, family comes in many structures including stepfamily, intentional family, extended family and the traditional nuclear family.
Families in the U.S. experienced many changes over the years. During the colonial era, many families consisted of nuclear families including some hired hands working together to provide food on the table. Husbands involved in the supervision of the household. Wives submitted to their husbands and children obeyed their fathers. Children needed to work hard together and bring their products to marketplaces in exchange for other goods (Eshleman & Bulcroft, 2006). From 1900 to Pre-WWII, because of the advancement in technology and medicine, families aspired to be smaller and more private. Family gradually changed from a functional mode that emphasized survival needs to an emotional mode that emphasized “mutual affection, sexual fulfillment and the sharing of domestic tasks and child rearing” (Kunz, 2011:7). During the Modern Era, as people began to search for meanings of life, personal worth and identity through intellectual and emotional fulfillments, they “became more willing to terminate unhappy...

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