But what hasn't changed is the desire for a safe, loving home
NY, NY (PRWEB) September 5, 2009
Nikki and Gray Undrill are on the cover of International Family Magazine at http://www.internationalfamilymag.com for September, 2009. A single white mom, Nikki is raising her bi-racial son Gray. They are this generation's New Global Family. Nikki and Gray are a special family because they are smart, fun and interesting. But they are not special because they are unique. The old conventions of family are fading away. There is no longer a required minimum mom, dad, 2.5 kids and a dog. No minimum required.
There is a great mix of culture and ethnicity in relationships and families. The walls of color, race and religion are crumbling. Many couples nowadays choose not to marry at all, kids or no kids. Many women keep babies or seek pregnancies and adoption without a thought for a father. Fathers are raising children alone as well.
Eleven years ago, Nikki Undrill realized she was pregnant after a very important relationship in her life was over. It was supposed to be a final chapter in a book of romance, but it began her book of family. Nikki and Grayson started their family life the day Nikki found out she was carrying her future son. Nikki and Gray are each other's family.
Nikki was raised in a conservative, New Zealand family in which her parents had immigrated to the United States. Nikki and her younger brother are first generation Americans. The United States of America is the world's great melting pot population. Nikki went out into the great melting pot and mixed it up. Nikki and Gray are a wonderful page out of America's great history. Fantastic.
In the last generation, a family of five, all one color with adopted children was anomalistic. Divorce was the exception. A Father living alone with his children was considered unusual. No more are these examples of "out of the box" families.
So, what was "an out of the box family" yesteryear is now at the bottom of the list of "out of the box" families. But how big is today's BOX of family? I would venture to say today's family has a very large box of norms. It is important to tell our stories so that the walls disappear altogether and we are all joined by one big common denominator - love and home.
International Family Magazine brings this shifting paradigm of family to the ezine shelves. Founder and managing editor, Catherine Wayland worked for years in the multi-media publishing world of New York City before launching her own publication of IFmag. Wayland is a part of the generation of change. Coming from a family of divorce herself, she has seen that trend explode into a 50% mortality rate in marriages of her peers. What has replaced former family life is sometimes smaller but dynamic and vital.
"Now that there is less stigma to making alternative choices to a traditional family structure, anything goes really," says Wayland. "But what hasn't changed is the desire for a safe, loving home," continues Wayland. The New Global Family is the vibrant, dynamic of this generation. International Family Magazine is the ezine that captures that lively spirit of change in family life.
The September, 2009 issue of International Family Life showcases some of its favorite contributors from all walks of family life. The voices range across cultures, religions, age and perspective. There are storytellers, global bloggers and worldwide pen pals. Sitting in your own living room, you can meet families just like your own, right on the web at http://www.internationalfamilymag.com.