I was just browsing the Internet and I came across this quote. It states how America has the largest number of homeless women and children in all the industrialized world.
“These are interrelated, of course. Seventy million women and the children who depend on them are living in or on the brink of poverty in America. Among industrialized nations, the U.S. has the largest number of homeless women and children.” – you can check out the article here.
I think that’s just insane. You would think with all our technological advances and all the money that is floating around in America, we wouldn’t be keeping our women and children homeless.
But it brings me to a bigger point. I think one of the biggest problems is simply the breakdown of the family in America.
Think about it, how many families actually sit down and eat dinner together at a dinner table? How many families go out on outings together once the kids are passed puberty?
And worse, how many children still take care of their parents when their parents are old and retired?
There just doesn’t seem to be anything about close knit families anymore. Everybody scrambling to do their own thing. That includes the kids as well as the parents. And with less time because parents have to work, or they’re just selfish and party, or for whatever other reason, it just seems that families are spending less and less time together.
I do remember growing up when it came down to dinner time, everybody was at the table helping get the silverware put out the plates and all of that.
Often times today when I call my children to dinner, they just wanted grab a plate of food and run back to whatever they were doing. Whether it be watching TV, playing on the Internet, or playing some stupid game on the iPhone.
And when I do actually make them sit down around the table and turn everything off, I’m finding it harder and harder to get them to talk about their day as they grow older. Their answers are becoming shorter, less revealing, and typically just cookie-cutter types of answers. Like they’re just saying what I want to hear.
I’m trying to respect my children’s privacy, but I really want them to understand the importance of family. I mean if you don’t have family, what do you have? Even if you’re rich, money really can’t buy love. Especially the level of a family. That’s me is the most priceless object in the world.
I’d be interested to know what you guys think about this. Does your family sit down around the dinner table like you see in the old Waltons episodes? Or is it more the hectic scenario I just wrote about above?
I’d love to know.