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Asking if the family or society was broken first is much like asking what came first: the chicken or the egg? Everyone has an opinion on the egg and chicken debate, and most people will probably have differing opinions regarding the family and society. It is the opinion of this author that the family was first broken, then society. The egg and chicken debate will have to wait until another time. For now, the focus will be on the how the broken family led to a broken society.
In the past, families would sit down together for dinner. They would discuss their day – who they talked to, what they did, how they were feeling about the day’s activities. Families vacationed together, and they spent many long hours in the car reaching their destination. Many times families worked side-by-side running their business or taking care of their farm. Televisions were not in every room of every home, and computers and cell-phones were not even in most people’s conscious thoughts.
Somewhere along the way things began to change. Maybe there is not one moment in time that can be pinpointed as to when the change occurred. The change seemed so incremental that no one noticed that it was happening. Families were slowly being broken apart, and society was following the same path as the family. As families became more fragmented over the years, society became more fragmented as well.
Divorce slowly began to become commonplace. Both mom and dad were forced to work, and the children suffered as a result. While the children may have had more material luxuries by both parents working, these children missed out on vital family time. Parents were too busy working to properly parent their children and lead by example. Many children were shuffled off to school only to come home to an empty house.
While mom and dad were working to provide a better life for their children, the children were left wondering where they fit in. In an effort to make sense of their lives, the children turned to their own knowledge and the “wisdom” of their peers. They began to make their own decisions and dismissed the counsel of their parents. They felt they knew better and were smarter than their parents. Parental disrespect began to grow.
The great divide had occurred. Mom and dad no longer worked together as a team, and the children separated themselves from their parents. Family dinners and family vacations were been reduced to historic relics. Cell phones, computers, and reality television shows virtually extinguished family time. The family became nothing more than several individuals residing in a house together.
Society is simply a reflection of the family. The awful and disrespectful behavior prevalent in society today is a consequence of the breakdown in the family. Parents failed at their most important job: parenting. As a result, society has suffered tremendously. Is it possible for society to be rehabilitated? Maybe…only if parents are willing to do their job.
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