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Family Do one-parent families have a meaning the same way as traditional families? Do they serve the traditional functions of the family? Traditional families consist of two parents, a mother and a father, with however many children. All members of this family tend to live under the same roof but with the children often having rooms of their own; their own personal space. Roles of this family would be mostly for the parents to fulfil for their children. Offer formal education, supply food, protection, support and comfort. In my opinion, removing one parent from the scenario does not alter the roles of the remaining guardian, however, more responsibility may be required on their part. One-parent families still have exactly the same meaning as a traditional family. This is due to the fact that they still supply the aforementioned food, protection, support and comfort. After all, it is still a family but not what most would class as a ‘traditional’ unit. Depending on whether it’s the mother or the father who remains determines which functions are served and to what effect. Raising either boys or girls will also affect this. If it is the father who remains and he raises boys, then the vast majority, if not all, of the functions will be met; simply because sons generally relate to their fathers and confide in them for support and advice. Fathers raising daughters has the potential to be not quite as successful. The ‘daddy’s little girl’ scenario may come into play resulting in the ‘daddy’ over-compensating for the lack of a mother by spoiling them. This results in the girl(s) not being prepared for the real world. Fathers would also find it awkward once his daughter(s) begin puberty, for obvious reasons. On the other-hand, there are single mothers. Mothers raising sons could be disastrous. Since the son has no father figure to look up to or confidently confide in, they may be tempted to lead a li...

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