Does the “ideal” nuclear family really work? It makes us vulnerable. If we only have like two or three people to live with, confide in, share things with, what happens if we divorce? What happens if our kids leave home? What happens if our spouse dies? How many people do you know who spoke about growing up in their nuclear family as a wonderful experience? How many people do you know who speak of their growing up experiences within their families as traumatic, or sad, or lonely? One of the reasons is because it is a flawed model in the first place.

Humans are biochemically dependent on socializing, and need a village, or a community of people, in order to thrive. And this doesn’t mean social media. While Facebook does help us keep in touch, it’s face-to-face interactions that create the meaningful connections we crave.

Read my blog post called I’m Calling Out The Nuclear Family.

Book: The Village Effect – Susan Pinker