A family is a group of people brought together by consanguinity, affinity or co-residence. It is an important institution of the society. The family can be defined in various ways depending on the context of affiliation and the basis of its formation. The traditional mindset defined family as a basic unit of socialization that forms the society. The most common traditional forms of family are the nuclear family and the extended family. The nuclear family comprises of a conjugal scenario comprising of a husband, wife, and children while the extended family comprises parents and children residing with members of one’s parents’ family (Family in sociology, 2013).
Families are important care institutions whose diversity is dynamic over time. The main mandate of the family has always been to sustain the basic economic viability of the family members which makes it flexible to the economic changes (Iliadis, Anastassiou, & Wang, 2012). The families also transform due to the cultural aspects and regulations established in order to reinforce them. Time is a factor and thus with its passing, become more complex in order to adapt to the changes in its surroundings. Families traditionally begin with a partnership between a man and a woman who with time procreate to have their children (Luzia, 2013). This human relationship begins, grows and is sustained by the behavioral aspects of emotions and motivation, environmental interaction, imitation and cultural expectations and beliefs.
The modern family, which was primarily seen as a nuclear family has transformed. The nuclear family comprises of an entity whereby a man marries a woman with whom the share conjugal rights and have their own children (Luzia, 2013). The man was always the head of the family. The man is responsible for the economic well-being for the family by providing for