Sep 16, 2014

The New "Typical" Family

What picture comes to mind when you think of a "typical" family?

A bread-winner dad?  Stay at home mom?  Couple of kids?

Maybe 30 years ago...but not today.  There is no "typical" family.  Family structures are very complicated.  Research shows that no one dominant structure exists for families.

Kids are living in homes with married parents,  divorced mothers, never-married mothers, single fathers, grandparents, cohabiting parents, and a range of other situations.

In the 1950's, if you chose 100 children, 65 would have been living with married parents with the father employed and the mother at home.  Only 18 would have had both parents working.

Today, if you chose 100 children, just 22 would be living with married parents where the father is the bread-winner.  23 would be living with a single mother.  7 would be living with parents who are cohabiting.

6 would live with either a single father or grandparent.  34 would be living with married parents who both work.

Are you prepared to minister to today's families?

7 comments:

These are very interesting numbers...how did you come up with the statistics?

Funny you should post this now as I have a post coming out next Monday on stats and families. Kidmin people must think alike. :)

Linda Jacobs

I'll have to check it out Linda. Thanks.

Nina, these stats came from an article that ran in a Kansas City newspaper article recently.

Dale, here is the article on stats and where do find the statistics in your area. http://blog.dc4k.org/archives/3064

Are you happy for me to repost this on a website - giving copyright and credit to you?

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