Protecting the Future
What a world to grow up in. Uncertainty abounds in economics, politics and societal beliefs. New and better(?) things are cropping up all the time. How do children make it through all this and become stable, productive people? How can a world survive without young adults ready to take over the responsibility of the future?
It seems grim but there is an answer. After teaching youngsters of all kinds for years I can tell a marked difference in children who may ‘make it.’ I have worked with youngsters in the to chang, coached teams, tutored grade schoolers and mentored teens – in various areas from the suburbs, to the inner city of Detroit and to outlying rural areas. The kids are the same and the area makes no difference, really. What makes the difference?
The difference I have seen is that kids who come from two parent families have the best chance, regardless of the parent’s educational or economic background. (There have been studies done which show this to be true. I suggest you look independently into these for yourself.) When two parents come together and support their child, instill values and provide the love and security of a family unit the child has the foundation and encouragement needed to expect and believe they can achieve.
Sure there are those who will achieve anyway, which speaks to the potential of a human being, but how many potential successes have been wasted? Yes, this may seem like a broad generalization but when you dig deeper you will find that the two parent situation is able to guide and support the child better through the maze of confusion in the world than any other option. Single parents are to be applauded in their efforts but ask them what kind of difference a two parent situation would have meant.
As martial artists concerned about protecting life I believe we should encourage and support the two parent situation whenever possible. Parents are human and make mistakes. Some should not be parents. But overall I believe the two parent situation is the best hope in developing our children and defending our future children.
Till next time, GMC
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