In modern german society, the image of the ´perfect´ family does not exist anymore. Over the past decades, the ideal has changed extremely. Women are meant to be more self-confident and have worked to become independent from men. Not only the role of women has changed, but also the structure the whole family. Having a big family with three kids or more and living together with the grandparents in a house was the known and widely accepted idea of the family in the past. Today most of the families consist of parents and one or two children.
But living without children is no problem and no rarity anymore; there is no social pressure to have children and many people give more importance to their career than to raise kids.
Talking about modern parenting in Germany; the most common constellation is two working parents who and share the responsibility of educating their children. Confidence and social interaction as well as building self-reliance and responsibility are the values taught at home. As more and more parents work long hours, institutions like kindergardens and full-time day schools have reached more significance in the past ten years. Furthermore governmental programs and projects enjoy increasing popularity: Freetime offers for children during holidays and in general and opportunities for working parents to take a career break for staying at home and for taking care of their kids.
As a social-welfare state, the government supports every kind of familiar constellations in financial and social ways. All in all, society now accepts different ideas of how a familiy should be or how to craft ones way of life.
-by Marie L.