July 14, 2007

Family and children

Our confusion about anti-social families is that we're prepared to describe any group of adults with children as a family even when they're quite obviously not. Physically having one or more children is the easiest thing in the world but that in of itself doesn't make a family. (Adoptive parents make successful families without physically having children.) If there is no attempt to educate the adults about the requirements and responsibilities of family life -- something that's usually done by their parents as part of a continuing process of life -- then they will be unable to parent and their kids will tend to be unable to parent in turn. The only recourse is to bring in proper adults and train the family, boot camp style, how to live and operate. This is best done by the community and its something that needs high priority for funding.

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