When you picture 'family' what do you see? A mum, a dad, 2.4 children and a dog?
Turns out things have changed in recent times. The nuclear family has imploded and, according to a new survey by Slater & Gordon Solicitors people now define 'family' in a much broader sense. In fact 27% of people surveyed saw family as 'anyone you wanted it to be' and 15% of them had at least one step-sibling.
Family has undoubtedly become a messier, more complex entity. Often it is a hodge podge collection of parents, sons, daughters, brothers, step-sisters, in-laws, exes, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
But that doesn't mean necessarily mean that families are any less happy than before. Often they are even more content. In the same survey 49% considered there relationship with their family 'very good'.
Of course it's not all hugs and roses. Especially at this time of year. Christmas is often the time where the knives come out - and not just for the turkey.
But whether yours is the perfect poster family which hazy instagram shots of family walks on windswept beaches, or you are the one that always seems to get caught putting the bins out in your pyjamas and shouting at the kids that your all late... the fact is that we all have good days and bad days and deep down love nothing more than cosying up together under the fairy lights with a tin of celebrations.
Slater and Gordon (@SlaterGordonUK) are celebrating the loveable, complex modern family over the coming weeks with the hashtag #familymadesimple. Why not tag them with pics of your own unique family - whatever form that comes in.
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