April 01, 2018 Children

On Talking with Young Children about Their Nontraditional Families

By: Robert A. Simon

It is no secret that the nature of families in America has changed and continues to change. A diverse tapestry reflecting what it means to be a family has replaced the image of a family as a male parent, a female parent, and their children. The “modern family” includes single parent families, same-sex parent families, multi-ethnic families, three-parent families, and, of course, the “traditional” family.

There are many reasons for the changes in the modern family. They are the result of many other changes, including changes in the divorce rate, attitudes towards same-sex relationships, attitudes about ethnicity and race, and attitudes towards single adults choosing parenthood. And then there are the dramatic advances in assisted reproductive technologies and America’s increased geographic mobility.

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