The changing family

Families have changed over the past thirty years. This is an overview of the changes in family formation, household structure, work-life balance, and child well-being. Fertility rates have been persistently low in many countries leading to smaller families. With marriage rates down and divorce rates up, there are an increasing number of children growing up in sole-parent or reconstituted families. Sole-parent families are of particular concern due to the high incidence of poverty among such households. Poverty risks are highest in jobless families and lowest amongst dual-earner families. Important gains in female educational attainment and investment in more family-friendly policies have contributed to a rise in female and maternal employment, but long-standing differences in gender outcomes in the labour market still persist. The increased labour market participation of mothers has had only a limited effect on the relative child poverty rate as households without children have made even larger income gains. Child well-being indicators have moved in different directions: average family incomes have risen but child poverty rates are also up. More youngsters are now in employment or education than before, while evidence on health outcomes is mixed. Overall, are families doing better? Some undoubtedly are, but many others face serious constraints when trying to reconcile work and family aspirations.

In your opinion, has the Peruvian society changed in the way it views the family or does it consider strong family ties important? Is the family actually disappearing? 

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  1. María Patricia Mendoza Villafane escribió:

    I think that although Peruvian society has changed in the way it views the family, it will not disappear, because the family is still considered strong.
    However, the way we see the structure of the family is going to change. Currently there are mother families with children or father with children.
    Another aspect is the objective of the family, it is no longer with a reproductive objective, it is of coexistence and personal and mutual decision.

  2. Sara Vásquez Vela escribió:

    Is the family actually disappearing?
    In Peru we live under a conservative family structure, where the family institution is promoted, however we are not oblivious to the high rates of divorce and poverty, one must even consider the high rates of female abuse that affects this institution. In this context, I do not see the idea of ​​family disappearing, but it is in a stage of changes that will be seen in the coming years with the generations that no longer believe in marriage or do not want to have children.

    Regarding the questions in the book:
    – Is it common in your country for several generations of a family to live together in the same home? Why, or why not?
    -Are people in your country having more or fewer children these days? Why?

    These situations depend on family customs, for example, there are families that tend to live together in the same house and build apartments so that their children live with their respective families. Personally, it does not seem appropriate to me, but for some it is common. Regarding the number of children, it is more common to opt for one or two maximum, but in the time of my grandparents the common thing was to have a minimum of 4 children.

  3. PASTOR HUAMÁN SEGUNDO OSWALDO escribió:

    ¿Is the family really disappearing?

    In my opinion, I believe that the traditional or conventional family model is gradually disappearing, as evidenced by the fact that today’s young people no longer seek to form a traditional home as our grandparents did. Among the factors we can mention technological globalization, labor, and economic uncertainty that our country is currently experiencing, makes many of them have other types of habits and priorities in their way of living. Young people seek to become independent or live with friends, not only to save money, but also because it generates greater emotional satisfaction. But in spite of all this, I believe that the most important thing is the formation at home, the values that we transmit as parents to our children, the constant communication with them and knowing how to protect them so that they make good decisions and constitute a good family.

  4. 40265402 escribió:

    ¿Is the family really disappearing?

    In my opinion, I believe that the traditional or conventional family model is gradually disappearing, as evidenced by the fact that today’s young people no longer seek to form a traditional home as our grandparents did. Among the factors we can mention technological globalization, labor, and economic uncertainty that our country is currently experiencing, makes many of them have other types of habits and priorities in their way of living. Young people seek to become independent or live with friends, not only to save money, but also because it generates greater emotional satisfaction. But in spite of all this, I believe that the most important thing is the formation at home, the values that we transmit as parents to our children, the constant communication with them and knowing how to protect them so that they make good decisions and constitute a good family.

  5. Fernando Espíritu Alvarez escribió:

    I think that Peruvian society has changed its view regards family structure, nowadys families aren’t seen as nuclear ones. Now there are more sole-parent or reconstituted families. In the second question, family isn´t actually disappearing it is changing in its structure and dynamic. Besides, there are more people that postpone marriage or want to live in couple.

  6. Fernando Espíritu Alvarez escribió:

    I think humans are so fascinated with the idea of flight because they want to exceed their limits and feel in other way freedom. That search comes from years ago, for example we see it in the story of Icaro.

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