Families of the past, present and future
By Lindy MacDougall
Families from as early as the 1950’s to this present day are much different then you would expect and in the future they will be even more different. One day there might be a student writing about family traditions today. The family structure was different then today because what the man did only the man was aloud but today the woman does some of that role as well. The family authority patterns are also not always the man.
Family structures of the early to late 1950s was something like this the man would bring home the “bread” , meaning the money and would give his wife some money to buy groceries and whatever was needed around the home but the woman was not allowed to work. The family consisted of many children and that was it. The children had to walk miles to get to school if they were lucky they got picked up but they mostly walked with their siblings.
When it came to the 1990’s woman were expected to bring home some money for the family but not large bulks of it, that was still the mans responsibility. From the 1950’s to the 1990’s the woman moved more into the authority role if the man was not around to discipline the children or to provide for the family. The traditions did not change much still celebrate all the holidays somewhat the same. Christmas was more of a family get together before and now some families are lucky if they see there family at all during the holidays.
When the future comes and some student is writing about our family traditions today in the present and what theirs is like I think It would have gone more advanced even. The woman having all the same “rights” around the house and everything would be more equal.