Why Conscious Universal Families? What Can Be Done?

January 6th, 2008

Why do we need to build Conscious Families?
Why?  The true “Cradle of Civilization”—the family—has been crumbling.  Not only do parents have their onions pre-cut and their lettuce pre-shredded by the grocery store, they are losing their ability to know how to create family, as well!  We all know that families are in trouble, including some of these symptoms:

  •           The divorce rate in 1900 was 0.7 percent.  Taken as the number of divorces per 1,000 U.S. residents in 2005, the divorce rate is going down. It was 4.7 in 1990, 4.4 in 1995, 4.2 in 2000, and 3.7 in 2004. It should be noted, however, that the marriage rate per 1,000 U.S. residents has also declined, from 9.8 in 1990 to 7.4 in 2004. The proportion of marriages to divorces has not substantially changed during this period.  
  •            Female only head-of-household families now constitute 12% of all families; in Black families, this figure rises to 45%. Reports indicate that children raised in single-parent households suffer a wide variety of problems, including higher school dropout rate, higher rates of teen pregnancy and sexual activity, and a recurring generational pattern of teenage parenthood.
  • Gangs (and gang violence) has been taking over family function
  • With a noted drop in empathy, violent and senseless crimes have risen
  • Schools and counselors are now given parental functions, including birth control and child care
  • Personal responsibility and learning through natural consequences has fallen to an all-time low, in the face of “parenting by guilt” that is done by busy, stressed, usually working parents.   “Parenting by guilt” and giving material possessions does not substitute for love, structure, consequences, partnership, boundary-setting and conversing (without talking over the television, iPod, computer games, etc.).
  • Communities now seldom serve to shepard the young, because of people’s anonymity.

Hope for our world

These trends can be reversed—and rapidly, through the development of Conscious Families. Emotional Pro’s mission affects every person on this planet:  Revitalizing the family through the establishment and support of Conscious Families, thus revitalizing the true “Cradle of Civilization.”