Family inthe 21st Century
In the past years family has been the base of the society but there has been an enormous change in this 21st century. This change has brought a new meaning of a family. There are a lot of factors that has contributed to this change of the real meaning of a family. This change is not for the better of the family but for the worse and because of that there has been a failure in the society.
The real concept of the family according to peter, 1998 was based on extended family where all families were staying together even some under one roof. In those families, children were taken-care by all members of the family. This has eventually changed in this century where now families live far from their relatives and even most of the children they do not know their grand parent (Clarke et al, 1998). This has made evil to increase in the society in that relatives can marry because they do not know one another’s origin. In the past, families consulted their grand parents during difficult time, but in this generation there is no respect between families and there grand parents. This reflects the true meaning of a family in this generation.
Mothers were not allowed to work outside home job a century ago; this was for the advantage of the children because they were raised in a good manner. Due to change in labor market in this generation the percentage of working women has increased. This has caused a situation where both parents are working and thus children’s are left to house workers, this is the reason why the young generations of this century are so evil because they do not have anybody to guide them. That is the new meaning of families today where they are so business oriented and they forget parental (Clarke et al, 1998).
Families of this century have become ant-technology in that they spend all their time on televisions, phones and in the social media. This is not only children only but also parents. Parents lack time to teach their kids good morals and they end up to be a problem in the society. The exposure of children to this social media has caused them to be introduced to evil things at a younger age. Due to lack of time between parents and children’s, there has been lack of unity in the today’s families (Clarke et al, 1998).
This is because parents are to busy with their work and they have no time with their children’s and even themselves. The new concept of families today is that families do not know each other. Parents do not know each other and children do not know their parents. Lastly many families today consist of single parents or children being raised by their grand parents this is because of divorce in many families.
The concept of family has changed in the 21st century for worse and thus family has lost its position as a corner stone in the society. The evil that is in the society today is due to the failure of the family to stand in its position. Children are the most affected in this dramatic change of families, this is because when parents divorce children’s are the ones who suffer and when they lack morals due to their parent’s failure, they are still the ones who suffer.
Peter Clarke, Cheri Viniall and others, (1998) Raising the standard: Thecode of practice forchildren’s information service.Published by Choices in Childcare. Out of print.