Charles Portis's True Grit

1021 Words Jan 29th, 2018 4 Pages
I hope and pray that all you parents in the sound of my voice will train up your children in the way they should go” (qtd Guilds, 600). The character’s regretful remarks reveal a deep truth regarding the lives and development of America’s future generations. The 2003 Pediatrics Report also emphasizes the magnitude of parents’ guidance on their children stating, “Families are the most central and enduring influence in children’s lives regardless of their education, composition, income, or values”. However, society’s shifting values and ever-changing trend in the dynamics of the American family necessitate a greater effort in acceptance and reconciliation. As time progresses, family structures are rapidly shifting. In 2007, unmarried parents produced 40% of US children. This was over twice the 18 percent in 1980 and about eight times greater than the 5% in 1960 (Waldfogel, Craigie, Brooks-Gunn, 2). In a study of 5000 children in many large cities, 3,700 of them were born to unmarried mothers. According to Waldfogel, Craigie, and Brooks-Gunn, such familiar conditions are dangerous because of the way that single mothers and unmarried parents tend to have less stable lives and relationships…
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