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The Effects of Divorce on America

The Effects of Divorce on America The Effects of Divorce on AmericaThe Effects of Divorce on AmericaThis article is adapted from a June 5, 2000 article published by the Heritage Foundation.by Patrick F. Fagan and Robert Rector American society may have erased the stigma that once accompanied divorce, but it can no longer ignore its massive effects. As social scientists track successive generations of American children whose parents have ended their marriages, the data are leading even some of the once-staunchest supporters of divorce to conclude that divorce is hurting American society and devastating the lives of children. Its effects are obvious in family life, educational attainment, job stability, income potential, physical and emotional health, drug use, and crime. Each year, over 1 million American children suffer the divorce of their parents (see Chart 1). Moreover, half of all children born to married parents this year will experience the divorce of their parents before they reach their 18th birthday. This fact alone should give policymakers and those whose careers focus on children reason to pause. But the social science research also is showing that the effects of divorce continue into adulthood and affect the next generation of children as well. If the effects are indeed demonstrable, grave, and long-lasting, then something must be done to protect children and the nation from these consequences. Reversing the effects of divorce will entail nothing less than a cultural shift in attitude, if not a cultural revolution, because society still embraces divorce in its laws and popular culture, sending out myriad messages that “It’s okay.” It is not. Mounting evidence in the annals...

An Environment of Forgiveness

An Environment of Forgiveness  There is great power in forgiveness—it releases us from the guilt of sin and makes way for reconciled relationships. Therefore, our churches, schools, and homes should be marked by an environment where forgiveness is readily encouraged and demonstrated. This story shows the impact of having that environment in one second grade classroom. Young Peacemaker Provides detailed plans for teaching biblical peacemaking to 3rd-7th grade children in families, Christian schools, home schools, Sunday schools, VBS, and youth groups. $19.95 more info by Jennifer BollI started using the Young Peacemaker curriculum in my second-grade classroom on the first day of school. I had decided to be more intentional about conflict resolution this year, and begin right away teaching my seven- and eight-year-olds how to respond to conflict Biblically. In the first month of school, we worked through the meat of the curriculum: the slippery slope, the five A’s of confession, and the four promises of forgiveness. We would go more in depth once we’d learned the basics of what Christ-like peacemaking was all about. Putting It Into Practice One day, the mother of one of my students came into my room. She asked if she and her daughter, Amy, could meet with me the next day after school to discuss something. After school the next day, Amy came into the classroom followed by her mother. Amy immediately started crying. Amy took a deep breath, and through her tears, she said, “Mrs. Boll, I’ve been stealing candy from your candy jar during recess when you’re not here!” Then she broke down into sobs again. I was so amazed...

The Crucible of Family Conflict

The Crucible of Family Conflict  This article originally appeared in the HomeSchool section of Crosswalk.com and is reprinted by permission. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds.” —James 1:2 by MaryAnne Moran Another day, another argument! Yes, there have been a few days of stress-free bliss in our household over the years, but unfortunately, the members of our family are experts at conflict. I can’t wait until we are experts at conflict resolution. That is a goal we are pursuing. The Peacemaker Student Edition Applies biblical principles to the conflicts teens face, helping to resolve those conflicts and bring about forgiveness and reconciliation. $10.95 Download Chapter 1 more info   What was it today? Mom wanted breakfast finished on time, but there were stragglers. Mom wanted schoolwork started on time, and she was miffed that her expectations for completion of Monday’s assignments weren’t realized. Mom knew she wasn’t asking too much, but she also recognized that she asked with the familiar edge to her voice that signaled her intense displeasure at so many dashed expectations. Yes, there would be repercussions. The children rose to Mom’s disappointment and frustration with creative excuses that were designed to diffuse the situation. Their excuses were curtly rebuffed, voices were raised, and angry words bounced around inside the house. The war of words had begun.  As parents, we want peace with our children and between them. When we don’t have peace, we feel like failures. But there is good news for us! We can discard the notion that conflict is evidence of our failure or defeat as parents....

Home Schooling Speaking Topics

Are you interested in having a Peacemaker Ministries representative speak at a home school related event? The following topics describe several of the presentations available: Peacemaking: The Key to Socializing Children (Keynote) – Socializing children means nothing more (and nothing less!) than teaching them how to love others as they love themselves—even in the midst of conflict. Learn how peacemaking can be a key to your children experiencing success in their marriages, churches, careers, and most of all, in their Christian witness. You Can Have a Peaceful Family (Keynote or Workshop) – Home schooling requires families to be closer than ever, and this inevitably means conflict. Learn how you as a parent can use and model God?s peacemaking principles of confession, confrontation, and forgiveness to resolve conflicts, preserve relationships, and keep your family and school, as well as all your relationships running smoothly. Your Kids Can be Peacemakers (Workshop) – Learn the nuts and bolts of teaching your children how to resolve their conflicts biblically, recognize root causes of their conflicts, along with sincerely confessing their wrongs, confronting others constructively, and forgiving others as God has forgiven them. Negotiation Skills of Solomon (Workshop) – Take a look at the negotiation skills that the heroes of the Bible used in resolving conflicts with hostile civil authorities, critical relatives, and oppressive employers—the same kinds of people home school families sometimes need to negotiate with today! Resolving Conflicts and Keeping Peace for Teens (Workshop) – Blessings are in store for those who resolve conflict in a way that honors God. Come and learn powerful peacemaking principles you can use to prevent disputes...