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A family is a group of people who live together. They share the housework and take care of one another.

Types of families

Three types of family are: nuclear family, single-parent family and extended family.

A nuclear family is made up of father, mother and one or more children living together.

A single-parent family is one where either the mother or father is caring for the children in the family.

(Both the "nuclear family" and the "single-parent family" are also called the "immediate family".)

Extended family means father, mother, daughters, sons, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. In the United States, there are some circumstances where the extended family comes to live either with or in place of a member of the nuclear family. But in most cases in the United States the extended family no longer lives in the same place, but in many countries including China ,Pakistan and India, extended or joint families traditionally live together.

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