A nuclear family refers to a family
strictly made up of a mother, father, and their children. It is
different from an extended family, a single family, or a same-sex
parents family. It can be so strict that some definitions even
exclude adopted children from the nuclear family construct. However,
some modern sociologists have allowed the inclusion of families with
same-sex parents to the nuclear family concept.
More About Nuclear Family
Despite the slow acceptance of families
led by same-sex parents, the idea of a nuclear family has been used
time and again by social conservatives to argue against same-sex
marriage and adoption. This argument has been criticized for its
simplicity. Contradictory opinions point to the innate complexity of
family relations. It does not take a man to provide parenting that is
considered “fatherly;” in the same way that it does not require a
woman to provide “motherly” care.