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Has the nuclear family failed?

It takes a village to raise a child. If this proverb is true, the system of nuclear families may be failing. When a child grows up in a home filled with relatives, the personality they develop is different. Has the nuclear family created an isolated generation? Join the debate by logging on to our Facebook page, ‘Gulf News Al Nisr Publishing UAE’ or email us at

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4:39 Gulf News: Children who grow up in joint families are far more confident in their social interactions.

4:39 Sophy Aqeel: Nuclear family or combined family does not make a difference in children’s development because we all are born as individuals.

4:40 Shajitha Shifa: When a child is brought up in a joint family he or she will get a chance to interact with many people of different age groups, hence this will help the child develop their communication skills. For example, in joint families, elders of the family would take turns to narrate fables or bedtime stories, with morals in it. But, in nuclear families parents hardly get time with their lifestyles.

4:41 Apoorva Arya: I agree with this statement. It is true that children who live in joint families are much more confident in speaking to people, as they already notice many different personalities living within their own home and are now accustomed to analyse them and face them confidently.

4:45 Ramachandran Nair: I agree, due to my own experience. Children of joint families have better confidence and understanding in family and social interactions. The reason being that they feel more supportive as well as secure in such an environment and have all the liberty to associate with elder family members of different levels. This, indeed, is a distant reality today, as most children are depending on the internet and family relations are maintained through social networking sites.

4:49 Kritika Narayan: Living in a nuclear family does not mean plunging into isolation. Living in a nuclear family and visiting relatives and friends will create stronger bonds than being in a joint family and staying with all the bickering and becoming a laughing stock.

4:50 Purvi Gokani: Children in joint families get far more exposure to human experiences, knowledge, feelings. In nuclear families, we tend to see a lot of children who respect their parents but cannot relate to other relatives.

4:50 Hannah John: In a joint family one always gets guidance from the elders. They are more experienced. They can take care of their grandchildren properly, rather than depending on a nanny.

4:53 Unmesh Datta: Politics happens in families or in the society that we live in. I have faced it myself. I have learnt who is a real friend and who is not.

4:53 Fatima Suhail: In nuclear families, children are given individual attention and parents can find various ways to help their children socialise, which is absolutely not possible in a joint family system where there is an indirect competition between the family’s children.

4:57 Gulf News: The whiney Y Generation is the direct result of the joint family system falling apart.

5:07 Aisha Naseem: I disagree. Joint family or not, whining sometimes is just a way Generation Y wants to talk about their time now, and what they have seen growing up.

5:07 Pooja Vishwanathan: I wouldn’t agree with the statement completely. Generation Y believes in being comparatively more competitive and accepting of challenges. It believes in freedom and privacy too. Not being a part of a joint family can make the generation a little whiney since there isn’t any support or advice or parental back up to rely on. But I guess, things would get even more worse if Generation Y was faced with external interference.

5:10 Akshaya Parthasarathy: With the advancements in technology, Gen Y has adjusted to the luxurious lifestyle, where things are done within the blink of an eye. Gen Y tends to be whiney because they are probably not accustomes to the workload and require empathy from their elders. It’s not related to the joint family breaking apart.

5:11 Gulf News: There is no connectivity within the home environment.

5:13 Unmesh Datta: With working parents, communication does reduce. But it does not reduce the bond and feelings for others.

5:16 Sophy Aqeel: No, the bonding within the family is not difficult to achieve. You have to love your children immensely and prioritise your choices in life.

5:17 Apoorva Arya: In my opinion, there is always that connectivity within the home environment. Even if parents are tired after their whole day at work, they still want the best for their children and for their family. We always have our everyday family talk of upcoming events and the usual journey-of-the-day stories!

5:22 Fatima Suhail: The nuclear system according to me is the need of the hour. Those living in joint families have a life that revolves around family politics where there is a lack of other opportunities. Nuclear families are the perfect environment for children where they learn to be more responsible rather than being dependent on other family members. Also, nuclear families save children from unhealthy competition within the family.

- Compiled by Huda Tabrez/
Community Web Editor