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Why is the perfect American family considered to be mom, dad, son and daughter?

 
Shanna84

Asked by Shanna84 at 1:03 PM on May. 31, 2011 in Parenting Debate

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  • I think it's just family of 4 in general. As our pediatrician told us after baby #2 , the world was made for families of 4. Hotel rooms, tables, cars, and even Disney vacation commercials... lol
    hibbingmom

    Answer by hibbingmom at 1:06 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • There was a study or census or something that showed the average american family had 2.5 kids.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:07 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • Don't forget the dog and picket fence lol. Idk why...
    emmyandlisa

    Answer by emmyandlisa at 1:05 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • Stupid stereotypes built decades ago with no real concept of reality.
    SpiritedWitch

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 1:06 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • is the .5 the cat or dog??
    ochsamom

    Answer by ochsamom at 1:10 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • Probably because that seems "ideal". Two parents, and a boy and a girl ... perfect, right? I've come to realize that "perfect" is the family that you are blessed with. I love the fact that I have 2 little boys that can play with each other and share things and I wouldn't change it for the world. Thing is, I am sure I would feel the same way if I had 2 girls or 1 of each, or more! :)
    happymama2D

    Answer by happymama2D at 1:21 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • I don't know, I guess it's just down to stereotyping!! Just like us English are seen as all living in London or being stuck up & talking like the Queen!!!lol It's funny really
    Ellie15

    Answer by Ellie15 at 1:12 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • Lol, the point 5 is there because it's an average. If you take a small sample of two families, one with with 2 kids and one with 3 kids, the average is 2.5.
    Candi1024

    Answer by Candi1024 at 1:12 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • I don't know - we are a husband and wife with two girls (no dog, but a cat) and I'm pretty happy with our family. (c:
    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 1:23 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • I didn't know it was. The perfect American family is a happy family - that's it.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:28 PM on May. 31, 2011

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