Using Material from 2b and Elsewhere, Assess the View That the Modern Family Has Become More Child-Centred. (24 Marks)

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Using material from 2B and elsewhere, assess the view that the modern family has become more child-centred. (24 marks) The centre of the family use to be the parents, but now that has been turned on its head. In the Victorian age children use to be seen and not heard; now children are very seen and most definitely heard. Children have become consumers, adults buy them toys to keep them happy or in some family cases to buy them over, to make the child believe that they are the best parent. The average child now has over £17,000 worth of toys within their bedroom, more time is now spent with our children, and in 1975 it was 25 minutes in 2007 it was 95 minutes, there are classes on how to bring up your own child and adults now adapt their social life around the children. We can argue that society is actually now becoming a very selfish adult world, as we now have day care centres and babysitters so adults can go off and work or have fun without the worry of their children, both parents working, more parental separation and fertility rates going down 20% of females will not have children, proving that society is becoming more selfish for adults. Society is becoming more children centred as there is now more ways to protect our children, to extend their childhood, to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. An example of this would be the start of Childline by Esther Rantzen, checks on everyone who wants to start working with children for criminal records and anything that could harm their ability to work and the know how on how to react when a person hears about child abuse. Along with the protection for children, the prolonging of their education makes children stay younger for longer, it leaves them being more reliant on information and support for longer, this fits and supports that parents are trying to make their children as comfortable as possible they

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