A Family Unit – Are Traditional Family Ties Still There?


A family refers to people living under one roof and they are related by adoption, marriage or blood. Dictionaries and encyclopedias have different definitions of a family. Many define a family as a male and female in a socially accepted relationship. Kids and parents make a family.

There are different family structures in different parts of the world. For example, there are families which both the mother and father take part in raising the children while in other families the father can marry two or more wives and live as one family. There are family structures whereby a woman can be married to many husbands. Thus it is the culture that determines the family structure.

Many cultures help to promote family life because family ties can shape one’s personality. Peace, love and harmony are present in a country as a result of family ties. Family ties can also enhance responsibility towards each other. Therefore family life makes people to take responsibility for their actions.

A person’s personality is shaped by the kind of family he/she is brought up in. However, there is a decrease in the trend of living as a family. In some parts of the world there are people who abandon their parents as soon as they start making a living of their own. This trend is good because it encourages responsibility and independence. After all, a child is not supposed to depend on his/her parents for the rest of his/her life.

This way, the number of dependents decreases because people are earning their own income. The economy of countries with such trends is usually stable. However, this trend is also disadvantageous because a disruption in the society arises. It is due to this trend that we don’t have peace as it used to be in the past. The unity that used to exist in families is losing value with time.

A family unit’s life span has decreased because kids have abandoned their parents to take care of themselves. The divorce rate is also on the rise, leading to the high number of broken families. This could be due to the harsh economic conditions.

Parental care for kids is also vanishing due to social evils. For example, each year records show an increase in the number of illegitimate children. Many people tend to isolate these children who are born out of wedlock. As a result they are put for adoption and thus lack biological parental care.

If parents want to have children even out of wedlock, they should be responsible. If they are not ready, they can always use contraceptives. It is not humanitarian to let your children suffer when you can do something about it. Such social evils have reduced the importance of family ties in the present world.

However, in some parts of the world family ties have not changed. Such families also face various challenges such as disagreements, economical challenges, children who are rebellious etc. In short, the present family ties have changed.