Extended families are important to childhood development and to society as a whole. As technology develops, and children seek education and economic advancement, families become more split up.
Often when we observe cultures more "traditional" than our own, one of the most important features that makes them attractive is that they are closer to or still have large extended families.
In the US, the majority of families started spreading apart by the 1950s if not before. It sounds like your family had a similar experience, but perhaps a generation or so later. It would be interesting to compare notes with other members here.
being in a joint family looks great.. especially that you have a lot of time with your relatives
You will enjoy a lot in joint family. However you have to sacrifice sometimes in some occasions to maintain good joint family environment.
i love to have joint family.i thing it is good for the kids as they have lot of people around their.they have chance to learn from every one.
How about the adults.
Do they enjoy all to stay together today on sunday for breakfast with the whole family?
Family is one of the 3 sacred things a man should always have
Family for support
God to have faith
Homeland for identity
Why do so many people want to live a alone?
Why do so many people (in Western Countries 10%) want to change their home once a year?
Are You in a special situation, because You want to spent Christmas with Your family?
First of all, i'm sorry for your grandfather and i hope your family is doing alright.
there are obvious advantages for this model, a joint family is much more cost effective, sharing a bigger home is always cheaper then having several real state for singles or couples,there is less need of services used by lone couples, babysitting , gardening, driving kids to scholl, cooking cleaning etc.
i've read that this is very common in china.
but that is if your family can live peacefully togueter, because mine can barelly hold themselves between the 3 at home! that italian blood makes things too loud, and that's now when i'm not living with them anymore imagine when i was there...
It is the sharing and caring environment of the joint family that attracts me. Today most of the human being do not look beyond himself. The nuclear family does not teach about sacrifice for others. The joint family gives us the comfort that we are not alone. And regarding peaceful co-existence of the family members-- well even if you keep the utensils together , they will collide and make noise. The opinion will obviously differ among the family members but that is where you will learn another good habit --tolerance.
I used to live with my grandparents, but now that they are gone the family is only the basic nuclear family situation
I think the main benefit is that one can get support when needed and will never feel lonely.
One of the most important aspect of Joint family is imbibing the culture of sharing, respecting and responsibilities in the young generation by the senior generation. This is not found in nuclear family as it is evident in the society today.
i am from asian community and living in joint family is norm. But in USA my children do not want to stay with us. SO this is causing more anxiety to us. We are not sure where it will go.