By Carol Clemans
Families are the foundation of America. The family consisting of birth father, birth mother and their children are gradually becoming scarce. This means the foundation of America is showing weakness. When I was a girl, I loved reading the old stories about how people moved west. It was Dad, Mom and the kids. They would find land somewhere in the wide-open spaces, homestead the property and work hard together to create a new life.
These families worked together to make their dreams come true. As years passed, the family would see generations continue and build upon the hard work of their forefathers. There was a love and respect for God, family and friends. Communities would rally around each other and help in the good and the bad times. There was a sense of security in these foundational issues.
Today’s families are so busy but in a totally different way. In many homes, both parents work outside the home. The babies are born and raised by childcare providers. Dad and Mom rush toward home, pick up the kids, rush a microwave dinner, help kids with homework during school time, watch TV or spend the evening on the Internet. Because of TV, cell phones, ipads, ipods, DVD’s and computers, healthy meaningful communication does not exist. Because of all the detractors, relationships start falling apart. Emotional needs are not being met with parents or children. The magic of marriage disappears. Dad or Mom start becoming emotionally involved with another person and soon there is a divorce in the family.
How would your family function if you had to spend a week together without electronic devices? Would you be able to have meaningful conversations? Would you learn the hopes and dreams of your spouse and children? Would you have time for God and His principles that never fail?
America needs families who put family first and incorporate godly principles in to their lives. Children learn values and morals from an intact family who understand the important things in life are not what money buys. Crime and corruption would decrease instead of increase. The question we must all ask is: What impact is our family having on America?
Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/seminar speaker. Carol provides nationwide counseling by phone & web cam – www.carolclemans.org
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