Family life in Nordic countries will be presented and discussed from a historical perspective. Children’s perspectives on family life as presented in my thesis (Bäckström, 2006) is the starting point. In the thesis, 11-year-old children were interviewed about their experiences of family life and upbringing. The results show that the children talked about “a good family”, although that included many different types of family structures. The study was implemented parallel to the discussion about the increasing divorces and separations between parents in Nordic countries and the Western world more generally.