These alternative lifestyles may be gay or lesbian families, single hood, single parent families, blended or extended families, or common law families.
However it is important to keep in mind that monolithic bias ignores the numerous conditions, difficulties and hurdles that families who are not part of the normal and natural family face in everyday life. For example there has been a drastic increase in cohabitation over the last thirty years. Most cohabiting couples do not marry, and only small percentages have children. Commitment tends not to be as strong as in a marriage. Single parents have to struggle to make ends meet. Tee