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Remembering respect in a changing society

August 24, 2013
By MARGARET VALONE , The OBSERVER

Today we're going to think about relationships - what they were and what they are. Times have changed and so have our children. When there's a change, you usually get something and lose something. Let's look at all the freedoms our young generation has. They have "free sex." Is it free? The experimentation they enjoy is freedom. It is freedom because society does not make you feel guilty because you are having sex, or because you have a child out of wedlock in the same way it used to. But what kind of relationship does an unwed father have with his son or daughter? Will he just provide financially for that child, or will he live with the mother and the child as a family? Marriage strengthens a family. The roles of each parent are defined and respected. It may be that one parent is the financial provider, and the other takes care of the day-to-day needs of the household. Parents teach their child what his or her role in the family is. They teach their child about respect and responsibility. If a parent hollers and screams, he or she takes away the joy in the relationship. But if the parent speaks softly (even sings!), hugs the child, pours out love, then the child will return with positive responses. Both parents can do this.

 
 

 

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