What is a normal family? I had been thinking about this topic when I ran across an article in the New York Times entitled just that, “A Normal Family.” When I read it however I could not disagree more. While I know that every family is different and has their own personalities and situations, I feel that there is a something special and right about mom and dad, brothers and sisters living in unity under one house. This is not always possible, but isn’t it ideal?
My beliefs on family are well explained in The Family- A Proclamation to the World.
“Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.” Doesn’t every child deserve to be loved by a mom and a dad? Shouldn’t every child understand feminine and masculine characteristics and responsibilities?
“By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation.”
While we will discuss together how to compensate when a “normal family” is not reality, I feel it should be our desires to have a family made up of a father, mother and children who love, support, and have a ton of fun together.