This ideology states that the ultimate life goal for society is heterosexual marriage.
Societal factors influence adults to search for a partner of the opposite sex to engage in heterosexual marriage with the goal of having children through the traditional nuclear family structure.
Heteronormative temporality promotes abstinence only until marriage.
Many American parents adhere to this heteronormative narrative, and teach their children accordingly. Schalet, it seems that the bulk of parent-child sex education revolves around abstinence only practices in the United States, but this differs in other parts of the world.
Modern families may also have single-parent headed families caused by divorce, separation or death, families who have two parents who are not married but have children, or families with same-sex parents.