|Posted by Children First Foundation USA on April 10, 2012 at 12:35 AM|
What do we define as Family Values? In today's world it is not easy to say. Does it mean having a family unit consisting of a Father and Mother that are married to each other and Children born of that marriage where the two parents are still together? Traditional old family values would say yes.
We think this ideal view of a Family is quite antiquated and no longer applies to the world we live in. We define Family Values as a mutual respect and mutual consideration between the members of a family or household. A union of the family unit working together in the best interests of the household especially the CHILDREN.
Some examples of Modern Day Family Units:
* Single Mothers living with children part time of full time
* Divorced Single Mothers living with children part time of full time
* Single Fathers living with children part time of full time
* Divorced Single Fathers living with children part time of full time
* Gay/Lesbian couples living with adopted children
* Stepparents living with significant others' children
* Families living with adopted children
* Single mothers with children born of artificial insemination
* Foster parents living with foster childre
The variations are many. While there is much room to discuss controversial topics, the bottom line is that there are CHILDREN involved! This being the case we stand by our definition of FAMILY VALUES found above.
It is necessary to cultivate these children in the spirit of unity & collaboration for their own good and for that of all members of the household.
So are you a broken family if you are missing a dad or a mom or a "real dad" or a "real mom"? We say NO. By sticking to your family unit & sticking together to the end you can be a fully functional family unit despite the existence of old traditional views.
Is it best to have both parents involved? We say YES! And again, in the spirit of unity & collaboration.