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2006-07-09 15:51

  As you know,most American families are made up of anuclear(中心的) family that includes a father,mother and children.The number of nontraditional families is increasing.For example, there is an increasing number of children who live with only one parent or stepparents.The average number in a family is 3.

  In the past once American children finished their education,many of them would move out of their parents'house and become independent.However,today the number of children who continue to live with their parents once they are done with their education is increasing because of economic and emotional(情感的) security(安全)。

  In the United States the divorce(离婚)rate is a big problem.According to statistics(统计),one out of 2 couples is getting divorced.As a result of this,children of divorced parents are the ones who have to pay the consequence(后果)。They are confused and hurt emotionally and they have to go back and forth between parents.This kind of marriage problem has led many young single people to live to get her without officially getting married or led them to choose not to have children.

  Now more and more Americans try to spend time with their families as much as they can by doing family activities such as playing baseball and football.On weekends or holidays, families spend time by playing card games, watching TV or going on a trip.Everybody is busy doing their own things but American people seem to take spending time with their families seriously.This is a very important part of their lives.

  Notes:

  1. nontraditional

  non- 前缀,可与许多名词、形容词、副词连用,表示不、非、无,它等同于not.

  traditional adj. 传统的

  2. stepparent n. 继父或继母

  step-前缀,父或母再婚而构成的亲缘关系,但无血缘关系。

  3. independent adj. 独立的,自主的

  4. couple n. 一对,一双(尤指男女)

  5. confuse v. (通常用被动语态)把(某人)弄糊涂,使为难

  6. hurt v. 使(某人)精神痛苦,伤心,伤感情

  7. emotion n. 情感,情绪

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