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Our family is one of our most precious gifts. Family members are available to lend a helping hand, make you laugh, be a support system and cheer you up. They help you overcome your challenges and offer guidance during those life-changing decisions you’ll likely face. Unfortunately, our greatest gift, our family, is deteriorating rapidly.
Family advocates, Richard and Linda Eyre say that everything goes back to our families. In their new book, “The Turning,” and a in a recently published Deseret News article, the Eyre’s say that defining the family can be tricky. In their book, they explain that everything relies upon it.
“In reality, the individual household is the basic unit, not only of society, but also of our markets and all of our larger institutions. The present and future well-being of all institutions — from corporation to schools and from communities to governments — relies on the strength of our families.”
If so much relies on the family, why are families so easily destroyed? Unfortunately, there are many types of attacks taking place. Here are three threats to your family you need to be aware of.
Our society has completely switched gears into what is normal behavior for a family. Unfortunately, what is now considered normal is destructive to family values. Research shows that more couples are choosing to cohabitate that choose to marry. Single parents now account for 35 percent of family households and half of all marriages end in divorce.
Divorce, cohabitation, no desire for children, pressure for a successful career instead of a family, these are all threats that are happening daily. We live in a society where nobody wants to commit. Nobody wants to give it all to a family. By spending time with our family and showing interest in family members’ lives, we are showing commitment. By teaching our children the importance of marriage, we are helping fight off destructive family behaviors.
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