Every Wednesday, millions watch the chaos and comedy unfold on Modern Family. From Phil's attempts to be a cool parent to Gloria's crazy stories about Colombia, it's impossible to get through the show without cracking a smile. While it's hard to look past the witty and physical comedy, Modern Family is more than 30 minutes of laughter. Here are five lessons we can learn from watching the Dunphy / Tucker-Pritchett / Pritchett-Delgado parents.
1. Parents Come in All Shapes, Sizes, and Sexualities.Modern Family embraces the concept that the term "parents" doesn't mean a mother and father. Mitch and Cam, a happily committed and soon-to-be-married gay couple, provide as much support and love to their daughter, Lily, as their hetero counterparts. These two also show that marriage, whether between a man and woman or man and man, is not easy. They have fought over parenting styles, faced the struggles of adoption, and argued over who wore it best. They get through it all, however, because they have what every successful marriage needs: love.
2. College Isn't For Every Child.You may dream of your child earning a degree, but that may not be in her future. Claire and Phil learned that the hard way when their eldest daughter, Haley, was expelled from school after partying a little too hard and unintentionally assaulting a police officer. Once home, the pair forced Haley to get a job, pay rent, and pursue something other than keg stands. It's OK if your child chooses not to attend college, be it because they lack maturity or they just don't care to do so, as long as they have another plan and your support to follow it.
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