Monday, February 6, 2012

The New Modern Family

I was inspired to write this blog post while watching Modern Family, one of my favourite TV shows.  I started thinking about how there are so many different styles of families in today’s day and age.  At one time, there was an idealistic image that society placed on a family.  That image still exists to a certain point today but more and more, the new modern family is here and I think that it is fantastic!

There are many reasons why I think momstown is great and one of them is that it brings together a diverse group of families and moms.  I’m sure with some of us, there is a twenty year age gap and it’s great that we can find commonality with other moms, regardless of our age.  Some of us come from all over the world and are part of different cultures, yet together in the same room, the conversation flows.  The conversation can be about our children and our families or about our personal interests and hobbies and everything else in between.

There are many things about a traditional family that is changing and I feel that as long as love is preached within the home, let everyone be happy and live their life!  I’m a firm believer in “make love, not war.” Some kids have two moms or two dads, others have one of each and some have just the one parent. Some couples have found love a second time around through marriage and divorce and are blending families and are having more children with their new partner.

There are many couples who are waiting longer to get married and start a family, if at all getting married.  I know people who are in common-law relationships (with and without children) and they appear to be as happy as the happily married couples I know.  Not all couples feel the need to get married and it’s great that two people know what they want and are comfortable with their decision. 
It’s a great feeling to be on the same page as your partner.  Not including fertility issues, some couples are waiting longer to have children because they are focusing on a career or enjoy a certain lifestyle.  Some people know that they want a large family; others know that they want a small family; some are not sure and are just going to go with the flow of life. All the power to everyone for whatever makes you happy!

There are children being raised in the sprawling suburbs, some children are being raised in high rise condos in an urban center and some children are being raised outside the city but just close enough for amenities.  Each environment has advantages and disadvantages and it totally depends on the family.  What works for one family will not necessarily work for another.  This logic can be used for so many different topics.

momstown Winnipeg at a Pajama Breakfast!

We all have different parenting styles but want the best for our children and families. With momstown, there is so much that we can learn from one another if we’re open minded about it.  With some issues, you may stand firm with what you already feel and with other issues, you’re more flexible and open to other opinions.  That is why momstown is fantastic!  We’re here for one another and we’re all part of the new modern family because as the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a family” and momstown is the new village!

This article was written by Christina H, one of our newest blog contributors. She is currently a Stay at Home Mom to an adorable 18 month old.


  1. Beautifully written Christina, I feel the same about "momstown" .

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