Quote: Originally Posted by karrie
Now... while it's not a politically correct opinion, I do believe that a healthy traditional family is the best environment for a child to be brought up in.
BUT... where my opinion widely differs from zealots, is the fact that I am more than aware that 'healthy' is rare, and so, any stable, healthy environment should be encouraged, even if it falls outside of the traditional family unit.
The traditional family unit is the extended family. The nuclear family is recent (since the industrial revolution) and is dysfunctional because it is un-natural. Humans have lived as tribal beings for 10s of thousands of years.
The nuclear family configuration is too stressful, requires too much time to provide for sufficient parenting. In the extended families, the raising of the children was everybody's business. The workload was spread out over many hands. Children were included in all the work necessary to maintain and grow.
Today, more often than not, are left to their own devices because Ma and Pa are too busy paying mortgages (or rent), groceries, cars, cell phones, etc. I think the divorce rate can be attributed to the fact that most people are too busy to grow together. They lose track of who they are and why they chose to be with this person. By the time the children have grown, if they are still together, people have become strangers to themselves and their spouses.