Compare and Contrast Nuclear and Blended Families.

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I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich. ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford. High divorce and remarriage rates have resulted in about 20% of the children in two-parent households living with one natural parent and one step parent. (U.S. Census Bureau) Therefore blended families are one of the fastest growing segments of families in the United States, but unlike the nicely packaged problems seen on Television, these families struggle with issues that are anything but easy. Many children from my generation grew up watching “The Cosby Show”, therefore our perception of the ideal family was one similar to the Huxtables’. We later adjusted our thought patterns as we perceived that things also went perfectly with blended families as was depicted on the “The Brady Brunch”, another popular TV family series. So we began transitioning in the late 60’s to early 70’s from the traditional family, (Parents and biological children) living happily under one roof. What was the main contributor to this? New divorce laws which allowed persons to separate without a cause and so families began falling apart. While the nuclear family continues to significantly collapse, all research prove that the best atmosphere to raise a child in, is a nuclear one. We cannot dispute the fact though, that living in a blended family is still better than single family parenting, and that it has its pros as well. Nuclear family is the best by far; easier to maintain, offer a stable setting, behavioral stability and a sense of consistency, however blended families can allow children to be better-rounded, sociable and develop interpersonal skills. “A lot of what you see on TV that represents step families or blended families is not very realistic," said parenting expert Ann Pleshette Murphy. "Whenever you have a blended anything - especially if there are other children involved, if there are
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