While rumaging through some old boxes in the basement this past week, I came across an old article I had published back in 1995. I thought I would share that article with you because it's even more appropriate today:
"According to the Census Bureau, 30 percent of all American families and 63 percent of the nation's black families were headed by single parants in 1993.
Arlen Saluter, census statistician, says that, "Since the '70's we've seen a bit of a slowdown on the divorce rate. However, there has been an increase in out-of-wedlock child-bearing and teen-age pregnancies."
In the average month in 1988, 45 percent of U. S. families headed by a single woman are in some type of major assistance program such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, rent assistance or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, according to Census figures.
What's the solution? Well, there are three kinds of people, it is said: those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and those who wonder what's happening. According to Russ Pullium (and Rebecca Hagelin,) parents are the key. The answer lies in more parents carrying out their responsibilities as parents.
Parents have a choice. They can either take steps to curtail their children's sexual activity or allow it to continue. It's also up to parents to teach their children to respect others as well as themselves. Mothers and fathers have an unusual opportunity to shape the next generation - or leave that task to less competent authorities, like the television set or the internet.
In the movie, "Princess Bride," a young hero named Wesley makes a profound statement: "Nobility is not defined by birthright, but by one's actions." In other words, no matter how lowly the situation that we've been born into, a parent can still impart decent values in their children by being responsible, loving and caring toward their child. In so doing, their children will have the opportunity to grow up to become a positive influence on the nation and the world."
Get the book, and give copies of the book to everyone you know. Quit wondering what's happening. Quit sitting back and watch what's happening. MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!