Eden Morris writes thoughts on the struggles of the modern family in the world of today..
What’s wrong with the family in the world today, and how can we fix it? Listen, “’cause I’m gonna be honest”. I didn’t go to school to be a doctor, a teacher, a journalist, a psychiatrist, a financial advisor or a business big shot. I married young and had my four children by the age of 30. Yet, in my 12 years of experience being a wife and mother, I have practiced all of the above occupations. I have not loved every minute of it, but I don’t doubt that raising my children is the most significant thing I will ever do.
I have not been able to get the idea of writing this article out of my mind. The sheer magnitude of this topic makes me want to escape to my bed with a Hershey’s Bar and re-read “Twilight” for the tenth time. I am constantly asking myself, “Is it bad that sometimes I really don’t care about what’s going on in the world?” I mean, shouldn’t I, as a global citizen, care about the state of the world? Shouldn’t I invest my time and money to the many noble and globally minded causes that would have us feed the hungry in Africa, build shelters for the homeless in Haiti and fight illiteracy around the world?
The truth is I’m not that informed about what’s going on in the world outside the walls of my own home. I don’t really know what new theory scientists and politicians are saying will fix global warming. With the hundreds of problems facing the world today, the ones that I need answers for right now are, “How do I stop my son from taking his diapers off? How do I convince my 4-year-old to wear something other than the leopard print leotard all day every day? What do I tell my 10-year-old daughter to say to a friend who is using foul language around her? How do I get my 6-year-old to stop sucking her thumb? How do I raise children who have the courage to do what’s right in the face of so much immorality?” I guess the idea I’m presenting here is, maybe if as a society we focused more on what is happening in our home we could eliminate a majority of the problems outside our walls. Maybe we could strengthen our Homeland Security, by starting to worry more about our Homestead Security.