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                  Types of Families

Family: A family is a group of two or more persons related by birth, marriage, or adoption who live together; all such related persons are considered as members of one family. What does family mean to you? For everyone family is a very different concept and it has different meanings for each and every one of us. There are a lot of types of families outside the typical stereotype. Family roles can feel like they are set in stone. For many of us, returning to our families of origin catapults us back in time. We’re once again the responsible one or the flaky one or the trouble maker. Gender roles can also feel inflexible. There are still many expectations about how we’ll dress, behave and speak. While there have been some shifts, there is still a long way for us to (hopefully!) progress in the future.In other words, families—and social roles—are complicated. And making changes to our identity and the roles we play—mother, father, daughter, son—adds another layer of complexity.


Classic picture of a family: Mother, Father, kid, Marriage

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “Family” is father, mother, kid living in a hous. But that’s just an stereotyp, like there many.

Since the 19th century in the post war period, it was the only way to live this live. In this time there was a very high value on gender rolls.

The Man is working and caring about the family, the woman is cleaning, cooking and raising the child.

But now…

In our century the word familie gets another definition.the family model started to break down. Over the time, the image changed to an bigger viarity. There are some different ways, which define our time. There are single parents, rainbow-family, polygamous family, there are so much more we didn’t talk about. All of them are a taboo-subject. Today the theme divorce is so controversial like the living together or the marriage. The relaxed relationship for example the just living together is getting more and more popular.

In our society there is a big change in rolls, there are much more hous-husbands und woman who takes care of the family. Both parts try to put themselves on an equal footing. Not always and everywhere, of course.

But there was a drastic change during our time and it’s going on.


Rainbow families

Same-sex families can be created in many different ways. One partner may have the baby, or you may choose to adopt. One or both of you may have children from a previous heterosexual relationship. Or you may have a co-parenting arrangement with a gay male couple.Between 2 million and 3.7 million children under age 18 have an LGBTQ+ parent. Many of these children are being raised by a single LGBTQ+ parent, or by a different-sex couple where one parent is bisexual.  Approximately 191,000 children are being raised by two same-sex parents. Overall, it is estimated that 29% of LGBTQ+ adults are raising a child who is under 18. A small minority maintain that being raised in a lesbian or gay household subjects children to increased risks in a number of areas, including gender and sexual identity confusion; loss of a parent to AIDS, substance abuse, or suicide; and depression and other emotional difficulties.




Polygamous Families

Polygamous Family is the type of family where either the man or woman are married to multiple spouses/husbands. (Polygyny/Polyandry)

2% of the global population live in a Polyamourous Household, more than 10% in Africa live in them and 36% in Burkina Faso.



Single Parents

Every fam is perfect on her own way, even the single parents. In our society, single parents are mostly seen as difficult. Is it really that bad being a single parent?


  • Your get a special tax allowance

  • In Germany you get a relief amount of 4,008€ for the first child

  • You have a stronger bond with your child ( and usually a stronger connection)



  • To still be employed despite looking after the child

  • You can’t earn enough with a part- time job

  • You haven’t a partner to support you

  • The children will always miss the role of one of the parents


Only a 19% in Germany are single parents

A 43% of the single parents have economic problems

A 90% of the single parents are woman’s

Today mum tomorrow dad.

Separate parents instead of single-parent.

Commuters children have more than one home

Today separates mothers and fathers increasingly want their children to live with more than one parent

Around 170.000 marriage ended in divorce in Germany in 2013 affecting more than 135,000 children.

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