Fostering Moral Behavior in Children

With rising youth violence, increasing peer cruelty, coarsening of language, a declining work ethic, diminished personal and civic responsibility, escalating dishonesty, growing ethical illiteracy, and growing disrespect for parents, teachers, and other legitimate authority figures, one wonders if too little emphasis is placed on morality among the young. According to a number of scholars, the answer is a definitive yes. Among the most vocal and widely respected of these voices is Harvard...
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Family Strengths – Clear Roles and Responsibilities

The Family: A Proclamation to the World teaches that fathers are to preside over, provide for, and protect the family; the mother's primary responsibility is to nurture the children. Parents are obligated to help one another in these responsibilities as equal partners and rear their children in love and righteousness. You can strengthen your family by making sure family members have a clear idea about their day-to-day responsibilities in and to the family. At the same time, be flexible. I...
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Blessings of Family Work

For many of us, family work is like taking castor oil -- something we do as quickly as possible so we can get it over with and experience the least amount of pain. We want to get on with the other things we'd rather be doing. The old Erma Bombeck adage sums up these feelings nicely: Housework, if done properly, can kill you. If your family's perspective on family work is this negative, you may be missing out on some important benefits. The Family: A Proclamation to the World teaches that ...
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Making Wise Use of the Media at Home

It's a typical evening. After working all day you're exhausted. As soon as you get home and walk in the door, you plop on the couch and join your children in front of the television. Or maybe you flip on your PC and escape into surfing the Internet while your son or daughter is absorbed in Nintendo and your spouse listens to a favorite CD. Technology and the media are central to most American homes. More than 99% own at least one TV and 80% more than one. Most children watch at least two ...
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Family Strengths – Time Together

When 1,500 school children in a national study were asked what they thought made a happy family, they didn't list things like money or cars.  Their number-one answer was doing things together. Children want parents to show interest in their activities, do things with them, and talk with them. The Family: A Proclamation to the World declares the importance of wholesome recreation as an important element of successful marriages and families. Two national studies back up this idea by linking...
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Creating Meaningful Family Traditions

Meaningful family traditions provide parents with an invaluable tool for carrying out their divine responsibility to rear children in love and righteousness. As families establish and follow traditions, each family member is strengthened and the family as a whole grows in unity and love. The Family: A Proclamation to the World states that wholesome family recreation is important in building successful families. By creating traditions that bring the family closer to God, parents can streng...
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