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AS FAMILY GLUE
see love as the glue holding together families—including loosely
defined ones and those not linked by genes or legal ties. And I
associate families with life’s great joys. Inside the family home,
unconditional love can provide unmatched comfort / security feelings.
Meeting what some may call family obligations—like spending
quality time together, parents nurturing /sacrificing for growing
children, children respecting (even honoring) parents / grandparents
despite their faults and helping comfort / care for them as they age,
flow naturally out of this love.
think tight knit monogamous families are where children acquire high
moral standards and discipline through continual reinforcement and
parental modeling. In parenting—and teaching children to accept
responsibility— I believe kindness can do more harm than good. We
shouldn’t pamper, spoil, or indulge. We should allow for some
independent discovery— even if that means children learning from
mistakes. When my child's or spouse's behavior falls short, rather than
accept excuses, he /she should be confronted with my expectations as to
their rectifying it!
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from Coming of Age in the Global Village, by Stephen P. Cook, with Donella H. Meadows.