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This blog provides reflections on issues related to family life and relationships. Specifically, it considers these important topics from a systems perspectives. That is, it takes into consideration the cultural, economic, social, political, and historical factors that often impact family and relationship structure and functioning. It is intended to be a creative form for dialogue, engagement, and reflection on these critical matters.

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A Word on Children

Posted on May 31, 2018 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (2720)

Children are the hope of the future. There is no future without children. Raising resilient, compassionate, and imaginative children ought to be the highest priority of society.

We can debate how this might be done, but there is no denying that it needs to be done. Religions of all stripes affirm the sacredness of children.

Regardless of orientation, there seems to be an inherent recognition that all children are special, no two children are alike.

Each child possesses a unique set of gifts, talents, challenges, and possibilities. Thus, it is impractical and unwise to ignore these differences as we seek to influence and inspire children to their highest potential.

As a parent, I grant that raising children is no easy task, and at times seems impossible.

So, amid the stresses and frustrations of caring for children, keep in mind that we literally hold the future of this world in our hands.

And remember, what we sow in our children today is what we will reap tomorrow as a society. Our efforts in nurturing children are not in vain. They are sacred.


Posted on February 15, 2018 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (9438)

Building and sustaining healthy relationships often requires us to grow and mature in new and different ways.