The family is also an important economic unit studied in family economics.
One of the primary functions of the family involves providing a framework for the production and reproduction of persons biologically and socially.
Although early western cultural anthropologists and sociologists considered family and kinship to be universally associated with relations by "blood" (based on ideas common in their own cultures) later research has shown that many societies instead understand family through ideas of living together, the sharing of food (e.g. Sociologists have a special interest in the function and status of family forms in stratified (especially capitalist) societies.
Sexual relations among the members are regulated by rules concerning incest such as the incest taboo.
"Times have changed; it is more acceptable and encouraged for mothers to work and fathers to spend more time at home with the children.
The way roles are balanced between the parents will help children grow and learn valuable life lessons.
The term "family of choice," also sometimes referred to as "chosen family," is common within the LGBT community, both in academic literature and in colloquial vocabulary.
It refers to the group of people in an individual's life that satisfies the typical role of family as a support system.