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Whatever happened to the picture that perfect traditional families portrayed? Television has had such an influence over us when we begin wishing we had families like the ones we see on Little House on the Prairie and The Brady Bunch. Families who worktogether, support one another, and seem to have all of lifes problems figured out. Themedia is catching up to society and showing more single-family sitcoms with down to earthfamily relationships such as Blossom, Sinbad and Married with Children. These types offamilies show the nuclear family of today. They experience day to day worries and concernswith the reality that everything is not always so perfect in the real world. There have beenmany changes in American families since the 1950s. We are seeing more women in thework force, family values changing, and more divorces leading to the rise of single parenthouseholds. This is putting the American home downhill. Divorce seems to be a problemsolving solution that many families are taking into consideration; statistics show that it hasleft half of all families fatherless. The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world. Marriage is no longer taken for its life long commitment; most couples get into a marriagewanting the best out of it. Unfortunately, people are getting married without thinking of theresponsibilities that come with marriage. What is happening to the meaning of a family? Where are we taking it and why arent we doing much about it? A family is suppose to bethe love and support of both a mother and father for their children. There is not much timespent at home building new bonds and expressing the love. Instead, Americans havebecome more of individuals and have left the importance of a family-oriented-household outin the dark. Their priorities are viewed more towards personal happiness andachievements. There is much more to divorce than just family matters. With the workingwomen moving up in the b...

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