(noun) The predictable steps and patterns a family experiences over time.
Example: While different depending on location, one traditional cycle in the United States would be:
- A couple dates
- Gets married.
- Has a family with young children.
- Couple reaches middle age dealing with aging parents and adolescent children.
- Children start dating.
- Children get married.
- Couple enter old age and become grandparents.
Audio Pronunciation: (fam·i·ly life cy·cle)
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- Plural: family life cycles
- The family life cycle changes dramatically when interrupted by death or divorce.
- Also called family life course. 🔊
- Family life cycle used in a sentence: The family life cycle is different across societies and cultures.