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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 work
together, support one another, and seem to have all of lifeís problems figured out. The
media is catching up to society and showing more single-family sitcoms with down to earth
family relationships such as Blossom, Sinbad and Married with Children. These types of
families show the nuclear family of today. They experience day to day worries and concerns
with the reality that everything is not always so perfect in the real world. There have been
many changes in American families since the 1950ís. We are seeing more women in the
work force, family values changing, and more divorces leading to the rise of single parent
households. This is putting the American home downhill. Divorce seems to be a problem
solving solution that many families are taking into consideration; statistics show that it has
left 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 marriage
wanting the best out of it. Unfortunately, people are getting married without thinking of the
responsibilities that come with marriage. What is happening to the meaning of a family?
Where are we taking it and why arenít we doing much about it? A family is suppose to be
the love and support of both a mother and father for their children. There is not much time
spent at home building new bonds and expressing the love. Instead, Americans have
become more of individuals and have left the importance of a family-oriented-household out
in the dark. Their priorities are viewed more towards personal happiness and
achievements. There is much more to divorce than just family matters. ...

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