Michael H. v. Gerald D (1989) is one of the landmark Supreme Court cases featured in the KTB Prep American Government and Civics series designed to acquaint users with the origins, concepts, organizations, and policies of the United States government and political system. The goal is greater familiarization with the...
Life has changed so much for most of us in the modern world. With the advancement of technology, changing cultural norms, new priorities, and new forms of communication fueled by the Internet, it’s natural to wonder what the importance of the family is. Is it a dying institution that has no place in modern life? Well, of course not. It’s just as relevant as it ever was if not more. No matter how much life changes in the future, it will probably continue to be needed in one form or another.
The traditional definition of “family” entailed one man and one woman who were married, and their children. A grandparent might live with and be a part of the family, too, although that practice isn’t as popular in recent times. In the 1950s, the ideal was a father, a mother, and two offspring. The current definition is somewhat open and inclusive. It might be two parents of any gender, married or not. Some people even have a family with more than three parents. The children may have been born to one of the parents, both parents, or adopted.
Ashley Brown, What is the Importance of Family in Modern Society?