The definitions may have some similarities but they have changed dramatically in many more ways. 50 years ago, families had rules that were stricter and families were closer in the sense of a relationship. Although some families today are more distant from each other and have fewer rules to maintain order, there are still some that maintain the same styles of the families 50 years ago.
Families have changed a lot but still have some similarities depending on their home-life. Families today just do not seem to spend time with each other. The mother and father both have jobs and tend to not be home for the children after school therefore causing more independence among each member of the family. Children that have more independence make mistakes on their own without being warned about them. Independent children have no guidance and get out of hand because there is not a strong boss type figure around most of the time to help distinguish the difference between right and wrong.
Eating dinner as a family is a major tradition that has been forgotten as the years have gone by and caused more separation among the family. A family 50 years ago that did not eat dinner together would be a strange one but today it seems to be of the norm. Once again, the job affects this aspect of the family as well. People are just too busy at work or too tired to even participate in dinner at home anymore. Either families just do not have time for each other anymore or they just are not together due to divorce.
Divorce is another thing that was like illegal 50 years ago. Divorce is tragic for the children in the family today and causes the children to hate both or one of the parents. Divorce causes total chaos. This may result in the children to be neglected because single parents need to work to support themselves and their children. Thus, causing no guidance for a growing child. Losing touch with family ties have caused a lot of trouble and will continue to cause more.
Families now and 50 years have similarities among the pile of differences. Holidays are still among the things that families spend together. Thanksgiving is a holiday based on togetherness and it has been that way since the beginning. Days such as mothers day and fathers day stop life in its busy tracks to show some respect for the parents out there in this busy world. Holidays are the root of tradition and seem to be continuing to be that way, even after 50 years.
Also, since the beginning of time, parents have had side conversations with their children forming little relationships with each other. These conversation consist of sex talks or even advice about anything in life. Parents try to uphold the love in the family while upholding order in their lives. Parents tend to try to be like friends to their children so that they have some type of closeness to them.
These types of things have been happening in families since the beginning of time. Although families have become more apart in society today compared to 50 years ago, there are still some similarities among them. As long as parents remember their role in the family, families will always have some kind of value. Parents have showed weakness by giving in to their children or divorcing showing an easy way out of a hardship. Adults are the guiding tools in a childs life and if there are none of them that are substantial, then children will grow up in a new way; a negative way.
As time continues to progress, differences will be seen among the family but there will be similarities that will stand out and show that we the people can still do this and we are not letting time/money get to us.