The twentieth century saw an evolution in the traditional American family life. The traditional American family became a unit in which a man married a woman, they had several but not too many children, the man was the financial provider, and the woman stayed at home to be the principal caregiver for the children and to provide emotional and moral support for her husband.
Enter the twenty-first century and we see the impending extinction of the Traditional American Family. It seems as though most married couples are both working now-a-days in what has become known as two-income or dual-earner families and many are delaying having children or deciding not to have children at all. It also seems that more and more couples are cohabiting without benefit of marriage and they may or may not have children together. Furthermore, it seems that more and more women are consciously making a decision to have children without the benefit of marriage and without having the father (or fathers) of their children reside with them.
I wonder if anyone else feels as I do - that the traditional American family is becoming extinct.
Ref: U.S. Census Bureau, Families and Living Arrangements
Ref: Hoover Digest, The Changing American Family
Ref: American Culture Studies, American Identity - Traditional American Family values
Ref: PearsonHigherEd.com, The Changing Family
Ref: About.com, U.S. Government Info, The Lone American Grows In Numbers