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We Are Family: Diverse and Colourful as Life Itself

Today, when we think of family, no single image comes to mind. The concept of family has evolved so rapidly over the last few decades that what was considered the traditional family structure - a married man and woman and their children - has become more of a rarity. Nowadays, the typical family structure includes blended families, single parent families and same-sex parent families.

We asked four parent bloggers with modern families about their experiences raising children today: The Only Girl in The House, Daddy&Dad, More Than Toast and LesBeMums. While the road to being a family is different for each, they all have one goal in common – to raise happy, healthy children in loving families.

They are kicking off our new series “We Are Family”, which has launched in our magazine.

Modern families

There are many reasons why the family landscape has changed so much in recent years. For many families, having one parent stay home while the other goes out to work is not financially feasible. Today, many parents split work schedules, share household chores and raise the kids as a unit.

Since the legalisation of same-sex adoption in 2002 and same-sex marriage in 2013, there are more children growing up with same-sex parents in the UK. As the family dynamic becomes more progressive, we see society become more accepting of various family structures. *A recent survey by Care.com highlighted just how accepting families in the UK have become:

When asked if they want their children to be happy in their relationship regardless of their sexual orientation:

  • 70% of parents from single parent families agreed
  • 75% of parents from traditional families agreed
  • 73% of parents from blended families agreed

When asked if parents want their children to make friends without any distinction on colour, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, nor disabilities:

  • 73% of parents from single parent families agreed
  • 78% of parents from traditional families agreed
  • 76% of parents from blended families agreed

In our interviews, these modern families share their experiences and discuss how they feel they have been accepted into society.

Kicking off our series is Jess Warner A.K.A The Only Girl in the House, Jamie Beaglehole from Daddy&Dad and Kate from LesBeMums:

Check out Jess's interview here.

Check out Jamie's interview here.

Check out Kate's interview here.

Check out Alice's interview here

 

As every family is unique, we want to hear from parent bloggers with different structures and experiences. If you are a parent blogger and would like to take part in the We Are Family series, please get in touch with sophie.moran(at)care.com. Hashtags: #wearefamily #familyforeveryone #familyfirst

 

*Representative survey by Care.com with 805 parents in the United Kingdom conducted in 2017.

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