The Adverse Effects Of A Broken Family

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American families have experienced a change into lifestyles between the 1950s and now. With technology constantly being updated, consummation of drugs or alcohol, or the stress caused by the generational gap that has formed one can assume that families are no longer the same. The American family has recently been tried with multiple problems; there are not a lot relative between the parent and child to help form the bond that is required for a loving relationship. The home environment may not be the cause of a runaway child every time, but 90% of the time it is. Just by improving communication, finding an improved solution to handle stress, and more personal time between parent and child can decrease the amount of runaway kids. The U.S. may not have direct control over families, but without an aid in family communication the American family may fall apart as it is known today.
An alert on TV interrupts the most popular show of the year. Every fan is upset they are missing 5 minutes, but the alert is an amber alert. The viewer may be missing 5 minutes of a show, but this family is missing their child completely. This is a real terror for approximately 2,185 families a day (Sedlak 5), and since 1997 only 512 have been found through amber alerts. To get to the route of this problem it is required to look into the reasons why children decided to run away. Unfortunately the number one reasons kids don’t live with their parents under 18 is because they are kicked out. In fact the top ten search hits for “Getting kicked out of the house” are forum posts asking for help on what to do. The most likely justification of this is that parents do not approve of their kids behavior. The question is now whose fault is it, the child or the parent? Nine times out of ten the fault will lie within bad parenting. In 2000, Indiana held a survey to find the most common age of mothers in their state. The results turned out to be shocking; the age that produced the most children was of 24-29 year old women. To put it in relatable terms, when they were growing up the internet was used by .05% of the population, TV was still broadcasted by analog and on CTC televisions and vehicles only drove at 10.0Mpg (Loftin 1).With a generational gap between parents and children so massive it is easy to see how almost nothing parents have learned is relatable to current parenting. My parents are both products of the 1950s, and they have raised me to understand the importance of a family dinner. Although a tedious and sometimes annoying tradition kept our family close even through the gap. In fact at the dinner table we could talk about school and what I learned, even simple things like Christopher Columbus finding America in 1492, and in return I could help them understand the basics of using a computer. It is fortunate to know that a generational gap problem can be reduced by something as simple as a short thirty minute to an hour family time, but this is only one cause of broken...

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