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The family is important to people all over the world although the structure of the family is quite different from one country to another In the united States as in many countries in the world the family is changing A generation or two ago the traditional family in which the father was boss was customrary Now the dodern family in which both the father and mother are equal partners is more common Although there are several similarities between the traditional and the modern family there are also some inportant differences The traditional family of yesterday and the modern family have several similarities The traditional family was a nuclear family and the modern family is too Role of the father in the traditional family was to provide for those in his care Similarly the father in the modern family is expected to do so also the mother in the traditional family took care of the childrens physical and emotional needs as the modern mother does On the other hand there are some great differences between the traditional family and the modern family The first important difference is in the mans role The traditional husband was the head of the household because he was the only one who worked outside the home If the wife worked for pay then the husband was not considered to be a good provider In many families today both husband and wife work for pay Thereforethey share the role of head of the household In addition the traditional husband usually made the big decisions about spending money however the modern husband shares these decisions with his working wife As well the traditional husband did not help his wife with the housework or meal preparation Dinner was ready when he came home In contrastthe modern husband hepls his working wife at home he may do some of the household jobs and it is not unusual for him
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