Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice?

Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice?


Family is considered to be the most essential part of a person's life. Every individual is taught about the importance of a family since their childhood days.

There are two types of family systems – joint family and nuclear family systems. Joint family is a type of extended family, which consists of parents, their children, spouses of the children and their offspring in one household. A nuclear family is composed of parents and their children.

Which one would you prefer?

Joint Family

1. Dependency – As discussed, a joint family is an extended family and it consists of a lot of members. People can depend on each other for any kind of help. Thus, this is one of the best quality that a joint family possess.

2. Unity – Joint family creates an emotional bond between two generations and it helps to keep the family united in all the situations. The tradition and culture is passed on to the coming generations so that they can take it forward. The proverb “United we stand, Divided we fall”, goes true in the joint family system.

3. Preference of the youngsters – There are youngsters out there in the society, who prefer a social life with a better support system. These people believe in the system of joint family.

4. Provides an opportunity for leisure time – The joint family system provides an opportunity for leisure time as the female members divide the household work and finish it off very soon.

5. Social insurance – Joint family acts as a social insurance and a support for the widows and the old aged people. They are assured of a proper living.

Nuclear family

1. More freedom – Nuclear families have more freedom as compared to a joint family system. They do not have to worry about what the other members of the household may think. They can roam around freely and come back at any time without being answerable to anyone. Democracy exists in a nuclear family.

2. Bonding – Nuclear family is based upon the parental love and sibling connection. The mechanism of relationships in a nuclear family is very straight forward. It is based on the foundation of mutual respect and love for each other.

3. Kid's preference – Youngsters of a nuclear family prefer more freedom and less restrictions. As both the parents go to work, kids may feel bored at home. They may prefer to go out and play with their friends or to go out for an outing. To carry out such activities, less restriction is essential.

4. Quarrels – Nuclear families face fewer quarrels when compared to a joint family. Usually, they are the small quarrels between a husband and wife or a child and the parents.


Both the joint and nuclear families have their own pros and cons. India is a country which is known for its cultural diversity and thus, joint family system is still prevalent in many parts of the country.

But with the increase in urbanization, nuclear families are taking over the joint family systems. When compared to joint family, nuclear families many a times feel better. They provide a peace and calm environment at home as there are very few quarrels. Every individual after coming from work requires a peaceful atmosphere at home. As they say - “small family, happy family.”
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  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Samar Roy (03/25/21)
  • I have been living in a joint family from 22 years. Life in a joint family is not very different than a nuclear family. But both nuclear and joint family have its own advantages and disadvantages. But in my opinion those who are living in a joint family are the blessed one. Fortunately , I am also living in a joint family so I can understand it deeply. Each members of the family can seek help from anyone without any hesitation and they would surely get helped by someone. You will never find yourself alone in the house. Whenever you need someone to talk with you would definitely get someone around yourself very easily. But when you are stressed out ,or had an anxiety attack you would be in the State of disorder in case you are living in a nuclear family. Because you won't be able to find someone to talk with. Therefore most of the youth in the country belonging to these families are getting involved in taking drugs , alcoholic drinks nd becoming addicted to it just because of coming out from depression. But when a person has his family around himself where they could have some talk make everything work smoothly then the majority of the youngsters won't seek for any other addictive to get out of that situation. But nowadays some youngsters want freedom ,they doesn't want any kind of restrictions imposed on them . So in that case, they would love to live in a nuclear family where they could freely move in and out of home without being answerable to anyone. So one has to make some sacrifices and adjustments in one's Life in order to stay happy. If you succesfuly inculcate this habit in you ,you would surely stay happy wherever you stay in.
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Panchaali Sen (11/17/20)
  • I think joint family has more advantages than a nuclear family.
    If your parents go out for work you won't feel lonely because there would be other members to spend time with you. Whereas, in nuclear family you feel lonely and not very much secured.
    You have many cousins to play and spend time with, if you are a single child, still you won't feel lonely.
    You get more time to spend with your grandparents and at least can make them happy so that they can get out of depression and mental illness. You can read out stories and play with them.
    If you have an elder cousin, he or she can guide you in studies and you don't feel stressed out.
    So, for these reasons I prefer joint family over nuclear family.
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Anonymous (10/21/20)
  • I believe both type has their own pros and cons. I am now living in a joint family with almost 18 members.. Life in a joint family is not easy now a days . In the earlier days it was ok but now due to financial strain and other factors nuclear family is prefferable. Yes their is lonliness in nuclear family and you will be the captain of your own ship. Their will be more responsibilty agree. But as i said you will be tha captain of your ship
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Varun (10/21/20)
  • I like joint family but I live in nuclear family.
    It is not about whether we are living in a joint family or in a nuclear family it is about the bomding we have between us means between the family.
    If you live in a nuclear family and if you don't listen to your parents your life will be ruined and if you live in a joint family if you quarrel with your cousins o
    everyday your part of life in a joint family will be damaged the precious time with your joint family will be ruined.So where ever you live if there is a bonding,caring,loving and helping nature that place will be heaven.
    "Live the Moment" Thankyou
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -prabhakar sreeram (04/11/20)
  • From the above real story one can conclude that both joint families and nuclear families got their own advantages and disadvantages and in olden age when there was lot of respect for elders and even elders were also to be commanding,dignified and authoritative with fair treatment of all without any discremiation the JOINT FAMILY SYSTEM run successfully but once bad blood entered in joint families with jealousness,enemity and vices leading to misunderstandings and fight for superiority and property joint family system is existing only for namesake in villages of South and with advent of education in women too and with different ideals and mentalities now in this modern India espespecially south India NUCLEAR FAMILIES is the modern mantra of all educated especially women.if parents are rich and having property they would be lucky enough to have peaceful last leg of life in sons house otherwise moving between sons houses and daughters houses in India and foreign countries catering to their needs.Anyhow old couple lat year's of life depends on " what you sow,you reap".your own upbringing,culture and your own life with wife and children with descipline and values only makes the children to emulate whether it is bad or good.Thatswhy unless we are desciplined foolishness to expect our children to be different and saints
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -prabhakar sreeram (04/11/20)
  • The old parents wondered as to why their son simply kept quiet when his new wife was talking harshly and in insulting way to his parents which made them to leave their sons house immdtly after the marriage.To this the modern educated women answering their innocent queries told them smilingly that their son preferred them to stay separately with respect and pride as they were self made,educated and with excellent culture and manners having good name in society and there was no need for them to stay in his house undergoing insults and harsh and mean treatment like a cook and peon doing all the errands in the house But when they expressed their pain that he didn't warn or said anything when she was talking insulting words in his presence only to which any shrewd son should have reacted angrily on his wife.But the young modern educated women laughed and said there his selfish interest to have a cordial relationship with wife for rest of his married life to have peace in the house and to bring up his children in future to good position outweighed his affection for parents who are of not much help for his and his children's future as they were in their last leg of life
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -prabhakar sreeram (04/11/20)
  • Cntd:- it may be too much in this modern world to expect King Vikramsditya to come down to answer the ambiguous query as to what made an obedient,intelligent,and meritorious son holding a big administrative post turned into a submissive lamb to the dominating fierce educated arrogant wife immdtly after marriage.But modern shrewd shrewd but of the same mentality women promptly answered laughing to our question saying no Vikramsditya required to answer this as many modern husbands& wives know the answer .it is as follows.The son knows very well that he could come up to this present position due to the proper upbringing of the parents and care and devotion taken to see that he settles finally in a big post of his choice but their too much love for him in accepting his choice for marriage too without thinking of their own future ,least bothering about their future retired life to be spent under her command,that means they sacrificed their own future interest in preferring a docile,cool tempered and good understanding girl for their son which could have allowed them to spend their rest of life under her affectionate care in sons house.But their too much goodness and love for the only son finally brought sadness
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -prabhakar sreeram (04/11/20)
  • Both Joint families and nuclear families have got their plus and negative points and in olden times only because of the elderly family heads strong presence,his say is order like descipline and even the young in the family inside their consciousness not liking the dictatorial descipline and feel revolting or defying couldnot do only because complete finance and property used to be in his hands and these young mostly unemployed could not survive on their own without employment and property to get out with family and children( mostly marriages were performed during studies only).if joint family head is mature,wise,shrewd,fair to all and could win the hearts of all by treating all well and fair without any discrimination joint families are the best even now but it is only 1% only you find successful joint families in this modern age plagued with selfishness,jealousy,and greedyness
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -ashutosh (09/08/19)
  • i think nuclear family is good because in nuclear family we can give full time to our children and many more things like money problem
    and we can manage our time successfully if we are living in nuclear family because in joint family there were too many peoples and we can not give full time to them and also our children's dont get full time by us because we are busey in other people's
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -ANKIT KUMAR (08/18/19)
  • I think nuclear family is better as compared to joint family by considering the pros
    1.on the economic basis
    A.The expenditures can be monitored well and there will effective utilisation of money on each individual of the family..

    2.on the social and moral basis
    A.the chances of quarrels between the family members are less because of less varrying opinions
    B.One can have more quality time to spend with their family as this would be divided in a small part
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Mohit sikarwar (08/11/19)
  • As my point of view ..joint family is better than nuclear family because the joint family knows the actual meaning of love.and in this family every members of this family is dependence to each other and joint family teachs to us
    The sharing of love ,respect or honesty etc. If the children's who don't have siblings so they can play with his joint family Is better than nuclear family..
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -maya (08/03/18)
  • i think both families are good if they we know each other deeply we will understand everyone and we can live happily...
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Subhra Chakraborty (07/23/18)
  • I think that nuclear family is better than a joint family bcoz in a nuclear family all the people can live independently, freely and happily unlike joint families.
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -V . H (06/04/18)
  • in nuclear family children will be independent and happy . But they might lack the good habits like sharing, adjusting, helping ang caring. They will grow selfish
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Jidesh VV (02/01/18)
  • I think joint family is better because children who don't have sblings can paly with cousins and the parents don't need to worry about what the parents are doing.
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Jidesh VV (02/01/18)
  • I think joint familes are better because children who don't have siblings have many cousins to pay with and is fun to live with our parents grandparents.
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Nikhil Kashyap and Kashyap (09/18/17)
  • I think drawing family is better than nuclear family. Because I know how the life he is in nuclear family I am also from nuclear family .
    In nuclear family when you you get bored and tired no one has time to spend upon you this is 21st century and this this time everyone has any special work everyone is running after money. And the parents also have no time to to guide their children or child that's why the more 4 members be in a family the more the the child will be guided and told the new things and he will get many options to ask or solve his problem.
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -ajay (07/14/17)
  • According to my opinion nuclear family is a batter than
    Joint family bcoz in nuclear family there are very less quarrels and home atmosphere are calm and peaceful
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -garvit jain (07/07/17)
  • i think that that the joint family is the best option . bcoz in joint family members can help each other.male members can help other male members. female members can divide works.
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Sushil Bishnoi (05/16/17)
  • I like joint family because i also support joint family .joint family member support to each other. Joint family is a very strong family then nuclear family. Joint family member all members are people divided by work and then save time. So i like joint family ..
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -manoj choubisa (04/18/17)
  • i think joint family life is good and enjoy full life. joint family member always happy. but nuclear family life no ESE some family member no time for Gide parents time for children more over i thought joint life is better and beautiful so enjoy family member his life.
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Pankaj (02/19/17)
  • I think joint family is better than then nuclear family because I am belong to joint family . All members of my family is satisfied for my garand father opinions or decisions.
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -vansh (02/15/17)
  • The nuclear family is best because they don't worry about any member what they may think
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -kalees (02/15/17)
  • join family is very enjoyful one ,
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -himanshu kumar (11/17/16)
  • It is very good website
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -tolulope (11/02/16)
  • I prefer joint FAM

  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Tastl (10/02/16)
  • I would prefer a joint family only bcoz Im a part of it . Thank you for this article
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Snehasish man (07/25/16)
  • Gd aftrnoon

    As other said about that topic.i hv also some conclution about this topic.i would like to prefer with joint family

    I'm living with joint family. It's really gratefully feeling to me.In a joint family u can share your enjoyable moments with whole member.if u do something wrong then u hv some people who will say u What is right or wrong with Your work having .in a Nuclear family parents have not enough tym to judge u or what is doing their childrens exactly.

    As a member of a joint family i think i'm living happily nd enjoying my every moments with our whole members.If someone try to attack me then d whole family stand there to protect me as possible they i think joint family is really well more than a nuclear family
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -Sahil khan (07/20/16)
  • Dear friends i would like to tell you. I like joint family. Because the member of the family khow the actual meaning of love. We get love of our elders like as Grand mother, grand father, and parants. Joint family live always happy. I also wonna become the part of this family.
  • RE: Joint Family Vs Nuclear Family - What's your choice? -ramasubramani (07/15/16)
  • iam interest in nuclear family ,but joined family is joly