What is the definition of a family? Is it a "Mother- and "Father-, the father being .
the breadwinner and the mother staying home doing the cooking, cleaning and raising the .
children. Is it a same sexed couple with children, or it a single parent raising the .
children alone. What is considered a women, is it a female that has the body of a model. .
What is a man, is he a male that goes into the service to protect his family and country, .
that is muscle bound. Over the last three decades the American family has been .
undergoing a drastic and far-reaching transformation. Both family structure and family .
values have been changing and as a result of these changes, the American family is a .
Today, two-thirds of all married women with children and an even higher .
percentage of single mothers work outside the home, this compared to just 16 percent in .
1950. Fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce "twice the rate in 1966 and three .
times the rate in 1950, three out of ten children are born out of wedlock.
In 2002 69 percent of children lived with 2 parents, while 23 percent of children live with only their mother, 5 percent lived with only their father, and another 4% live in households with neither parent present. Grandparents play a significant role in the family households of many children even when a parent is present. When children lived in households without either of the parents, very often they were living in their grandparent's household, which put a strain on the budgets of many.
In the mean time, the proportion of women who remain unmarried and childless has .
reached a record high; twenty percent of women between the ages of 30 and 34 have not .
married and over a quarter have had no children, compared to seven percent, respectively, .
in 1970. People are delaying marriage, the median age at first marriage rose from 22.8 to.
26.8 years for men and from 20.