I attended a marriage and family class tonight. Session one is titled, "Parenting Principles and Practices." Here's the first paragraph: The need for loving, effective parents has never been greater. President Gordon B. Hinckley observed that families are "falling apart all over the world. The old ties that bound together father and mother and children are breaking everywhere....Hearts are broken; children weep."
Old ties jumped out at me. The following material is what I've thought for a long time and not material presented in the class.
What are the old ties that bound families together?
Locality--There was a greater network of extended family. Parents had the help of granparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Church--More families attended church together. There was the support of clergy, Sunday school teachers, friends, and family.
Schools and Community--We all saw more "eye-to-eye." Parents and educators worked together for the best good or in the best interests of the children. There was a rapport; there was more trust.
Stay out Home Mothers--Although many women work out of necessity, women in the work place has presented many challenges to marriages and families.
How can we strengthen the old ties?