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Family Health Nursing Families come in all shapes and sizes What do they have in common Families are a group of two or more people that rely on one another for financial emotional and physical support The dynamics in families may vary but the basics are the same The family is where individuals learn to be responsible to put away toys clean up messes learn manners and express love Family is where people learn the lessons of life Family is ones personal history and significance It is not only a place to go home to its a place to come from out into the world From the first day of school to the first job the family is the group that says go for it you can do it Family is where a person is believed in nurtured and scolded all towards making him the best possible people he can be Its the job of the family to turn out contributing human beings There have been changes within American families that are striking at the heart of societys notions about life and the way it should function Such things as longer life spans the advent of safe and effective birth control womens participation in the labor force and a dramatic increase in divorce rates are reshaping family life in modern society The realities of family life are in sharp contrast with idealized notions of the family that have developed since ancient times Ozzie and Harriet are quickly becoming extinct Today there are many variations in the traditional American family Below are examples of how American families have departed from tradition Nuclear dyad Married couple no children Nuclear Husband wife children may or may not be legally married Binuclear Two post-divorce families with children as members of both Extended Nuclear family plus blood relatives Blended Husband wife and children of previous relationships Single parent One parent and children Hanson S M H Ed 2000 p 29
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