The Changing of American Families Essay

1030 Words Nov 28th, 2005 5 Pages
The Changing of American Families
Television reflects how American families are viewed. Leave it to Beaver and
The Brady Bunch were the ideal families in the 1960's and 1970's, and in the 80's, it was Family Ties. When the 1990's approached us, television shows took on a whole new outlook on American Families. There were shows such as Full House, which was about a single father raising three daughters with the help of his brother-in-law and his best friend. Roseanne was also another show that showed the "dysfunctional" side of families. American Families keep changing, and they will continue to change in our future.
Topics such as the changes in family logistics are important to be informed about in this day and age. Therefore,
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Single mothers were struggling to raise their children on their own with high poverty rates. According to Rethinking Family in the Postmodern Age by Stacey, "Welfare benefits to impoverished single mothers and their children in the United States declined markedly from the 1970s to the 1990s, and in 1996, the federal welfare entitlement was abolished in favor of a drastically limited employment-based program (Stacey, 1996). Father's of the children who were raised by a single mother were often viewed as "victims" out of the marriage. Even though the children's father would pay their ex-wives child support to help raise their children, it usually was not enough money for the expense of raising a child.
Many people think that when children grow up with divorced parents, that they will have many problems once they are older. According to Charles Murray, "Attacks on single-parent families are also based on claims that families without fathers cannot socialize sons into civilized manhood (Wright & Jagger, 1997). I do not agree that young boys will not grow up into a "civilized manhood". My brother, for example, grew up with a single mother and he plays college football, cannot go a day without lifting weights, and is one of the manliest guys I know. There may be some downfalls in having divorced parents, however, this may be what some consider the "ideal" family.
Today, the "ideal" family does not

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