American Family and Values

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Nothing is a better experience for a parent than watching their child grow into who they were taught to be. It turns out that 66% of parents intend to and do raise their children with the same life lessons, good or bad, that they were exposed to when they were young (Murray). Raising a family requires values, which evolve into ethics, and are crucial to a successful family. This shows that values are what keep the family in their desired lifestyle. Diversity of values in American families, through morals and tradition, is key to what makes this country so unique. Without tradition of ethics, people would not be taught what to value. In the U.S., certain aspects of life are seen as more important, thus being passed through the family for all to cherish and learn from; however, some Americans are not happy with where this country stands in terms of what the people choose to render “valuable”. With 7 in 10 people saying that America’s morals have gotten worse over the years, 5 of those people will also bet that values will continue to take a downward spiral (Cohn). The broadness of this poll could very well be portraying any value, big or small. By “America’s values”, it could mean anything from as little as the style changes, to as big as respect for the government. One of the more effective representations of this negative turn is the influence religion has on the average American family. Atheism in this country has increased from 1% to 11% in the last 45 years. In this same amount of time, two-thirds of this country says the economy has gotten to be “uncontrollable, and on the wrong track,” (Cohn). These studies have exposed the values of the average U.S. citizen who is raising the next generation of beliefs. It is only them who c... ... middle of paper ... .... 24 Nov. 2013. Foust, Michael. "Children from Religious Families." Children from Religious, Intact Families Fare Better, Study Says. Christian Examiner, n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013 Frank, Robert. "Wealthy Don't Want to Spoil Kids, but Can't Help It." CNBC, 9 Jan. 2013. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. Hanes, Stephanie. "Parenting the 'App Generation'" SIRS. N.p., 20 Oct. 2013. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. Hill, Amelia. "Families Struggle to Eat Healthily amid Rising Food Bills and Shrinking Budgets."The Guardian. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. Mantel, Ruth. "What's an A Worth?" SIRS. ProQuest, 17 Dec. 2012. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. Murray, Linda. "Expert Advice." BabyCenter. Mike Fogarty, 1997. Web. 07 Nov. 2013. "Rich Parents." Mail Online. Daily Mail Reporter, 11 Jan. 2013. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. Sightings, Tom. "Wealthy Are Healthy." US News RSS. N.p., 15 May 2012. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.

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