Too Many Screens
There are plenty of new challenges that confront today's American family. For example, Mom, Dad, Billy, and Sue might all be under the same roof, but they might as well be on different planets. That's because each may be glued to his or her own TV screen. Mom may be checking e-mail from work, Dad’s watching a game. Sue may be on Facebook with her friends, some of whom she knows and some of whom she doesn’t. And who knows what Billy may be doing on the computer behind his locked bedroom door! The problem is that when you're screening information, you're screening your loved ones out.
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Youth's Become a Commodity
Our families are now cultural battlegrounds with a war going on between the things that Mom and Dad enjoy and the things that marketers are hoping to sell to preteens and teenagers. The youth culture, which displays itself in fashion, music, literature, and other forms of entertainment, has driven a wedge between parents and children. We see that Hollywood is raising America's youth, often with undesirable results.
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The Reality of Two-Worker Families
It has become more and more difficult for a sole breadwinner to support a family. Part of this is due to the increasing tax burden in our society, and part is due to the ever-increasing appetite for consumer and luxury goods. We are now living in a world where many women who wish they had the choice to stay home with their children simply cannot afford to do so. And what happens in today's economy, when one parent is out of work and the other parent now bears the full financial responsibility for the home? All of these issues raise the stress level in today's marriages.
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The De-Stigmatizing of Divorce
When the anti-divorce ethic was at its strongest in our society, until just a few decades ago, there were indeed more people locked into loveless marriages.
On the other hand, the downside of the widespread acceptance and de-stigmatizing of divorce in our society may cause couples to think that it is acceptable to throw in the towel without making a strong enough stand for their marriages. The resulting trend of divorces increases the percentage of children from separated families and increase the likelihood that those children will view marriage as a temporary state.
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© 2009 Edward A. Taub, M.D., FAAP, Michael Levin, and David Oliphant. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction, in any manner, is prohibited.