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The Importance of Family Ties


By:  Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.

Fort Fairfield Journal, May 11, 2016


  If you've got somebody to love, treat them right because that really is the secret of leading a happy life.  It is having people who love you and who you can love.  As my mom always says, the secret of happiness is having someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to.  If you find yourself being unhappy chances are pretty good you're missing one of those. 

   It's a big tragedy that our society went through a period of time when we devalued our marriage relationships.  We devalued our family relationships.  We began to say, oh just do your own thing, be a free bird.  Listen to a lot of music from the '60s and '70s from that perspective and you will see the music was really coming in trying to undermine a lot of the human values that people have always held; the value of staying together, the value of loving one another, being faithful, being honest, all those wonderful things.  For example, listen to the lyrics of the popular Leonard Skynard song, Freebird, where they sing, “...If I stay here with you girl, things would never be the same.  I'm free as a bird, this bird you'll never change.”  Listening to the words of many '60s and '70s songs you will find we really went through a period when people were told don't worry about your relationships with other people, you can cut those ties.  Go ahead, be a free agent, be a drifter.  Remember the Eagles’ song Desperado.  It really was a time when it was considered cool to not have any ties.

   We've been sold a notion that you can trade people like changing clothes.  But the reality is, blood is thicker than water.  You've got parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, cousins, you have extended family.  You may be estranged from them - many of us are estranged from our family - but you will never get away from those ties.  All these kids who think they can just leave their parents and turn on their parents have to realize they need those people. 

   Ultimately you may form your own family and go on to have children.  Those are people with whom you will be tied to for life.  It's true.  If you have a child with someone, that person is permanently connected to you.  We can't just wander off and divorce our spouses and live this sort of carefree life of swapping one to another.  As we've learned, the unexpected legacy of divorce is second marriages have a higher divorce rate than first marriages and third marriages have the highest divorce rate of all.  So, it's not as though you can move from one person to another and things get better.  You bring yourself along no matter what. 

   Treat the people you are connected to with love and respect.  You will find it is much better to be around loving friends and family than it is to be alone or constantly fighting with them.


This editorial was transcribed and adapted for print from a recent Katherine Albrecht radio program, by David Deschesne, with her permission. Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D. is a syndicated radio talk show host on the Genesis Communication Network. Listen to her program live daily, or download her podcast for listening at any time at Katherine’s website is: 


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