So what exactly is a ‘Traditional Family’?

Once upon a time, namely when we were growing up, a ‘traditional family’ consisted of two parents and 2.2 kids.

Sometimes, there was a grandparent thrown in the mix of that traditional family.

Well things have changed since then, according to the folks at PEW research.

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So what exactly is a ‘Traditional Family’?

Pew says that less than 50% of all families are traditional.

That is, Pew says that less than half (46%) of U.S. kids (younger than 18) of age are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage. Pew says that this is a marked change from 1960, when 73% of children fit this description, and 1980, when 61% did, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of recently-released American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census data.

What’s going on?
Well for starters, we are getting married and divorced or not even married in the first place.

We are delaying marriage. We are foregoing the institution altogether. Pew says that the share of children born outside of marriage now stands at 41%, up from just 5% in 1960.

Have we redefined the ‘traditional family’?