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Family In The 21st Century: 5 New Definitions Of The Word Family

Times change cultures and lives.  Throughout the generations, the definition of family has clearly evolved.  Though some may try to argue, the fact remains that there are many different ways to make a family.  

Knowledge is power, and becoming a culturally aware individual makes the world a little better place.  Set a few moments of your day aside to read through a few new ways the world is defining the word family.  

Surrogacy for the family

Surrogacy hasn’t been an option for the family for too long, but its value has risen in recent years.  As the definition of family has changed, you will see various mixtures of people looking to find a suitable surrogate.  

There are many reasons a couple may not have the ability to have children on their own, and sometimes an individual is looking to start a family without a partner.  Whatever the case may be, surrogacy is a beautiful gift given by some very strong women.

Adoption is more common

Thanks to the influence of big stars like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, adoption has found a new stride in the United States.  Adopting a kid is no simple task, as it shouldn’t be simple to take on another human life, but it is becoming more feasible for the common person.  

For the first time in history, there are some places in the United States where same-sex couples can adopt a child.  Adoption saves the lives of thousands of children in and outside of the U.S. every day.

Blended families

A blended family typically refers to a family made of two individuals who had children prior to their marriage, and then they blended the family by getting married.  Since more than half of all marriages end in divorce, the blended family is much more common today than it has been in the past.  

Same-sex families

Now that same-sex marriage is legal on a federal level, there are more same-sex families in our nation.  Two dads or two moms isn’t so “strange” anymore, as society is slowly adjusting to the evolution of the human spirit.  We may have a long way to go as a country, but there have been major strides made in the past decade for same-sex couples.  

Heterosexual families

Even the traditional hetero relationship has changed over the years.  Due to the high failure rate of marriage, there are many “straight” couples who are choosing not to take the plunge.  Love is enough without the complications of legal matters, and the priority of going through the process of legal marriage is not as important as it has been in the past.