A nuclear family consists of the husband, wife and their children. The concept of joint family where all the family members like aunt, uncle, cousins and grandparents live together contrasts with the idea of a nuclear family. There are many countries where you would traditionally find many joint families, but at the same time, the concept of nuclear families is catching on. We often forget that there are many advantages of a joint family.
The most important advantage that attracts people to nuclear families is that the couple can have their privacy in their own home. People can live their own way and can do whatever they want to. There are no boundaries set by the elders to follow. In a joint family, the elders restrict youngsters not to do certain things because they think it is not good for them. But today's generation is very smart. They know what is good and bad for them and have enough analytical power so they don't like to restrict themselves. Instead, they want their freedom so that they can do and achieve whatever they want in their life.
The advantages of joint families are many. You get the complete support of family members whenever needed. You don't have to ask for help from others if all family members are living together. Your children will not be left alone at home when you go to a job. Many burglaries take place during the daytime because nobody is present in the home, so if there is a joint family, burglary cases also decrease. You can share your joys and sorrows with them. Each and every member of the family shares his opinions and the family takes a decision together. One member is not burdened with the responsibility of decision and it becomes a joint responsibility. The basic pillar of a joint family is to have healthy and selfless moral values for all members.
In a joint family, one always gets guidance from older people. They are more experienced. They can take care of grandchildren rather than depending on outside help. In a joint family, the elders are always there to guide and encourage us in every decision we take and their experiences make us grow wiser and become a better person. But again, it revolves around how considerate we are...how we listen to other's points of view before considering our own. Keeping an open mind, accepting our faults and moving ahead is the best way to make a joint family an ideal family,