The changing state of the family in modern society.


It is generally recognized that the family has played an important role in society over the centuries. However, the nuclear family, which would consist of married parents and children, seems to be adapting to a new pattern in many countries all over the world.
In the past, the father used to be not only the head of the household but also the universal provider, whereas the mother would stay home and do her tasks as a housewife and full time mother as devotedly as possible. Some might blame this change on the gradual modernization of society as a whole and on the subsequent need to fit into a different reality.
People adopted new standards and as economy and technology evolved, various demands rose as well as the expectation in relation to the role of each family member. Women started to fight for a spot in the job market and, as a consequence, invest in their careers before considering marriage and children. Added to this, the pressure that religion used to have upon families was loosened by fresh models of modern relationships where bells tolling at the end was no longer the target and neither were married couples compelled to stay together till death did them part.
As time passed, the world witnessed the blossoming of a generation of men and women whose priorities included being independent from old models and being able to try to find ends meet by themselves so that they could choose whether to remain single or eventually get married.