The Evolution of the Modern Family Kids

The evolution of the modern family kids

Season 6 of Modern Family has just launched (whoot!). For those who are not yet converted to the huge Modern Family following, the show basically follows the high-strung, dramatic, hysterical lives of three extremely different related families.

This heartwarming and charming tv show has been around since 2009 — that was five years ago. And of course, all the characters have aged five years.

None have shown the evolution of their characters more so than the kids. Lily is no longer a baby and Manny and Luke are going through puberty — and that’s just a start. Take a look at the evolution of the Modern Family kids!

The Evolution of the Modern Family Kids

Haley is the oldest sibling of the most traditional family, the Dunphys. But she’s anything but traditional. Typically the eldest sibling is the most responsible, and acts as a leader or role model for their younger underlings siblings.

Haley, however, is kind of an airhead and kind of sucks at school. In the early seasons, she fits into the superficial, beautiful, popular girl mould. But as we see more of her life progress, we see flashes of maturity and growth.

Monumental Moment

In Season 5, Haley seems to momentarily have broken free of her prescribed shallow attitude, with the arrival of the manny (man-nanny), a.k.a. Andy. Andy is a goody-goody, plain and simple, and follows the rules to a t. He’s not amazingly attractive, and as he works as a nanny, not perhaps the manliest of men. Haley starts out absolutely unimpressed with him, unsurprisingly.

But then, something in his earnest integrity, his responsibility, and his undying devotion to the girlfriend from Utah, seems to touch her. Throughout the season, Haley slowly falls for the nerdy Andy as she watches him take care of her new cousin, and helps him deal with his (Haley-esque) girlfriend. She shows that she has a shard of depth in her heart, through which she sees beyond Andy’s weirdness and through to his goodness.

The Evolution of the Modern Family Kids

Alex is the resident brainiac and overachiever.  And she’s almost the complete opposite of her older sister, Haley. Where Haley is dim and super popular, Alex is smart and socially awkward. No wonder they’re always arguing.

Monumental Moment

Finally, after years of overachieving and being known as the smartest kid around (and the nerd), Alex breaks down before her 16th birthday in Season 5. Finding a therapist (by herself), Alex reveals the stress she feels about always feeling the need to be the best. No one understands her struggles, as no one really tries as hard as she does (which is true). Later, at home when her mother expresses how hard it must be for her, she falls back into her mother’s arms, sobbing.

We finally see the deeper story behind Alex, who seems like she’s got it all figured out, that she works hard to make a name for herself. And, of course, that she’s just a kid.

The Evolution of the Modern Family Kids

Luke is the silly little brother. Lighthearted and somewhat simple-minded (like a certain sister of his), he’s the adventurous boy that doesn’t really care about anything but having fun. Luke goes through some pretty major changes throughout the series. At first he’s this chubby adorable little boy and then POW one day his voice drops and he loses his baby fat. He even has muscles.

Monumental Moment

When the entire extended family goes on a trip to Australia, Luke and Manny scout the beach for hot girls. Wait, what? For all those of us who still saw Luke as that little kid who thought girls had cooties, this was quite the shocker. There’s this one part where two topless beach babes walk past the boys, and Luke openly gawks at them.

Yes, gone are the days when Luke was an innocent child. Luke is now a hormonal teenager.

The Evolution of the Modern Family Kids

Manny — the poetic, elegant sophisticat son of Gloria and adopted son of Jay Pritchett. He’s always been (a little weirdly) more mature than other boys his age — pining after girls early on, drinking espresso, and always a fine connoisseur of the arts. Like Luke, Manny’s voice drops an octave and becomes more of a teenager than the cute round kid he once was.

Monumental Moment

Manny had always preferred reading to sports, making him out to be some kind of a girly boy. He had played soccer (not very well) and did fencing (very artsy). BUT in season 5, Manny takes on the manliest of man sports: football. And as it turns out, he’s pretty good at it. He scored the winning goal in the big school game (albeit against his will) and won the admiration of all at his school.

The Evolution of the Modern Family Kids

Lily is the cute, Vietnamese adopted daughter of gay parents Cam and Mitchell. This family is the very definition of a modern family. Out of all the kids, Lily has shown the most change of all. She started out as a baby. Now she’s not (’nuff said). She’s a dynamic toddler with an attitude, and in kindergarten!

Monumental Moment

In the start of Season 3, Lily suddenly becomes a fully fledged toddler. She’s walking and talking, witty, and sassy, whereas before, she was just kind of a prop for her daddies to carry and talk at. She finally has a personality. She even starts swearing in one episode, driving her dads in a shock.

Her, uh, face also appears to have changed, hasn’t it? Well, the child actress for Lily did in fact change from seasons 1 and 2 to season 3. Which is pretty monumental.

 Tell us:

[quote_center]Whose transformation shocked you the most?[/quote_center]

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