Bringing Back the Extended Family

Here is some commentary by Rod Dreher about a long piece by David Brooks about the end of the “Nuclear Family” in The Atlantic. The Atlantic is mostly Leftist brainwashing, so you have to be careful about these things. Nevertheless, the article by Brooks is not as bad as you think. Brooks argues that the Nuclear Family is a short-lived aberration from the long-term norm, which was the Extended Family. The Extended Family typically meant that grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all lived close to each other, and often, grandparents lived with their children in old age. Brooks argues that the Nuclear Family, as an ideal, was a post-1950 notion. You could make a connection with “dating,” which we know mainly as a Postwar 1950s-era institution. It seems “traditional” but actually it was a short-term aberration that has shown no signs of long-term viability.

The Nuclear Family, in which there is a mother, father and children who live otherwise isolated, far from relatives, has many inherent difficulties; and this is doubly true when you add Working Moms. So many people without the support of Extended Family end up in trouble, because of circumstances, because of a lack of support available between family members, and because of bad choices made with little guidance. A Working Mom also necessitates Public School, or perhaps private schools for a lucky few who can afford them. So, you end up with Cultural Marxist brainwashed children — often, even the ones that go to private schools. As increasing numbers of people lack either Extended Families or Nuclear Families, they tend to look toward the government to provide alternatives in the form of socialist policies.

For now, it is hard enough to get young men and women to interest themselves in a Nuclear Family — to make that a priority, instead of something that you can add to your resume after a graduate degree, or just a necessary step toward the main goal, which is to win Cash and Prizes in divorce court and welfare benefits. But, I think there is a point here that the Nuclear Family is often not quite enough, and that you should either form connections with your biological Extended Family, or perhaps, create a network that serves like an Extended Family, which is not easy or it would be less rare than it is. This “network-creating” takes time and effort; while not having one also means that you are thrown on your own resources, i.e., your own time and effort. Either way, you should prioritize the Stay At Home Mom.

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Happily married, with children.

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