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I 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, etc. should flow naturally out of this love.

More Information About This Worldview Theme

a heart WV Theme...

...individual <---> individual

the theme is paired with: #39A   Tough Love   to make Choice #25    in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:  version 2.0 & 3.0         is this theme new to version 4?--new name

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch #55, posted 12/31/2017 What the World Needs Now: Tough Love
"Assessing Marital Compatibility and Much Bigger Things" (Project Worldview press release Jan 24 2012 re: possible use of new software program)

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

unconditional love   family   marriage 
Familialism family values  Extended Family
Parenting Dysfunctional family   kinship
  parenting styles Filial Piety cosseting or helicopter parent 

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #9B  In God's Hands: Apocalypticism #14A  Salvation & Moralistic God    #16A Culture of Fear  
#17A  Bitterness & Vengeance    #18B Rational, Dispassionate   #25   Evil is Out There #29B Taking Charge==> Violence
#36A Cynicism #39B Blaming / Scapegoating  #41   Struggling With A Basic Need: Self Esteem   #103A Individual Glory

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #38: Love As Family Glue

Parenting Style and Its Correlates (from ERIC Digest)
Parents and Children  (lots of links)
Parents and Children -- wisdom from sacred texts
“The Ultimate Resource Guide for Parenting” by Ryan Morse 
Resources for Promoting Healthy Eating by Children  (ten links to articles provided by Helen Carter)
The Child in the Family -- Rights & Duties of Parents
Parents Make Financial Sacrifices for Children, Survey Says\
The Many Names of Mother/Father/Parent by Janet H. Bowering  (prayer from UU perspective)
Raising Caring, Respectful, Ethical Children (from Harvard website)
Helping Single Latin American Mothers (report from The Economist June 10 2023)
The Age of the Grandparent has Arrived  (report from The Economist Jan 14 2023)

"Parents who raise emotionally intelligent kids teach this important skill" By W. Stixrud and N. Johnson (from CNBC September 7 2021)

“Parenting—The Rugrat Race” (article from The Economist October 3 2020)
Paid Family Leave: Looking After Baby (article in The Economist July 26 2019)
Gender Dysphoria—Trans Parenting  (report about teenage girls with gender issues from The Economist September 1 2018)
"The Changing Profile of Unmarried Parents" (Pew Research April 25 2018 report)
"Lessons for Loving" by Karl Pillemer (article by author of similarly titled 2016 book posts on Psychology Today)
Marriage in Japan (report from The Economist September 3 2016)
International adoption (report from The Economist August 6 2016)
The Marriage Book by Lisa Grunwald and Stephen Alder (review by Jesse Kornbluth on The Huffington Post May  2016)
"The Weaker Sex: Men Adrift—No Jobs, No Family, No Prospects" (cover story from The Economist May 30 2015)
Generation Unbound: Drifting Into Sex and Parenthood Without Marriage by Isabel Sawhill (book review in The Economist Oct 4 2014)
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting by Jennifer Senior (review by Marisa Bellack of 2014 book The Washington Post Feb 6 2014)
"Families and How to Survive Them: Life to Another Tune" (review of 2012 book Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon in The Economist Dec 22 2012)
The Evolution of Childhood: Relationships, Emotions, Mind by Melvin Konner (read excerpts from this 2010 book)
I Will Never Leave You: How Couples Can Achieve the Power of Lasting Love  by  H. & G. Prather (read excerpts of this 2009 book on Google Books)
The Marriage Go Round, by Andrew Cherlin (read excerpts of this 2009 book at Google Books)
The Natural Family--A Manifesto, by Allan C. Carlson, Paul T. Mero (more on this 2007 book)
Real Love: The Truth About Finding Unconditional Love and Fulfilling Relationships by Greg Baer (27 reviews of this 2004 book) 
Family Research Council ("defending faith, family, and freedom")
National Conversation Panel Discussion: Progressive Family Values (2005 discussion hosted by DLC)
Planned Parenthood of America
National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
The Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development / The Good Teen, by Richard Lerner (Tufts Univ.)
Honoring Parents (Jewish perspective)
Understanding the Muslim and Islamic Family
The Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society / World Congress of Families
Filial Piety: The Traditional Idea of Parent Care in East Asia
You Gotta Love Parents (this organization's website) website (official US government source for child care information)
Necessary Compromises (child care related)
American Family Association
Safer Child, Inc.  (organization wanting to "make the world a healthier and safer place for children")
Bowen Family Systems Theory (applies systems thinking to describe and understand family interactions)
Non-traditional Families: A Guide for Parents, by Jan Hare and Lizbeth Gray, Oregon State University
Christian Right (from online encyclopedia, regarding this social and political movement)
Dan Quayle's 1995 "Murphy Brown" Speech on Family Values  (on Pro Family News website)
Fractured Generations -- Crafting a Family Policy for 21st Center America, by Allan Carlson  (about his books) 
Raising Cain, book and PBS documentary 
National Step Family Resource Center  (at Auburn University)
"How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Mind on Gay Marriage" by Elizabeth Dias (article from Time Jan 26 2015)
"10 Things Most Parents Are Dead Wrong About--Backed By Research" by Eric Barker (article posted on Time Jan 2015)
Indian Mothers in Law: Curse of the Mummyji (article in The Economist December 21 2013)
Papa, Don't Text--The Perils of Distracted Parenting by Deborah Fallows (article from The Atlantic July 2013)
"The Gay Guide to Wedded Bliss" by Liza Mundy (article re: what straight couples can learn from gays in The Atlantic June 2013)
"The Queen Bee's Guide to Parenting" by Lindsay Abrams (article in The Atlantic April 2013)
How Children Succeed by Paul Tough (book review by Annie Murphy Paul in The NY Times Aug 23 2012)
"The Data Driven Parent" by Mya Frazier (article in The Atlantic May 2012)
"Gay Marriage Backers Find Success Emphasizing Love and Family" by Ricardo Lopez (Mar 2012 LA Times article)
"How to Land Your Kid in Therapy" by Lori Gottlieb The Atlantic July 2011
The Decline of Marriage and the Rise of New Families (Pew Research Center Report, released Nov 2010)
"Who Needs Marriage?" by Belinda Luscombe (November 29 2010 Time cover story)
"How The First Nine Months Shape the Rest of Your Life," by Annie Paul (Oct  4 2010 Time cover story)
"The Only Child: Debunking the Myths" by Lauren Sadler (article in Time July19 2010)
"Who Takes Care of Mom?" by Francine Russo (February 1 2010 Time article)
"Orchid Children" by David Dobbs (research: genetics vs. parenting environment, The Atlantic, Dec 2009)
"Marry Me" by Lori Oliwenstein (Jan. 28 2008 Time article about marriage and its benefits)
"The Power of Birth Order," by Jeffrey Kluger (October 29 2007 Time cover story)
"Building a Better Family" (in special section on Innovators in Time October 22 2007)
"Parents Behaving Badly: What Teachers Hate About Parents" (Time cover story February 21 2005)
"Fatherhood 2.0," by Lisa T. Cullen and Lev Grossman (article about stay at home Dads in Time 10/15/07)
The Second Shift--Working Parents and the Revolution at Home by Arlie Hochschild (review of this 1985 classic book from The NY Times)
quotes related to family
quotes related to parenting

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