Unformatted text preview: children gain a sense of belonging to something larger than themselves. By teaching children about their heritage, families insure their culture will live on. Despite the many demands of child-rearing, most adults describe raising children as an important and fulfilling duty. Nevertheless, the number of children in the households of industrialized countries has been dwindling for generations. Economic pressures have led the average U.S. family to have only one or two children. Because both parents must often work outside the home to support the family, parents and children spend less and less time together. Alternative Families Not all families are centered on a married couple with children. To an increasing degree, U.S. households feature alternative types of families, such as the following: • Single-parent household • Cohabitating, unmarried couples • Gay and lesbian couples • Single adults...
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