As I See It

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day – as I reflect on my mother and this day that we celebrate, I also must consider how different it is to be a mother in 2015. In 1950, the rate of divorce was around 26 percent. In the 2013 census, it was approximately 50 percent, so we can assume it is somewhere above 50 percent five years later.

In 1950, the percentage of working mothers outside of the home was approximately 34 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most interesting statistic I saw while examining the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics was that 70 percent of mother’s at age 18 years are in the workforce.

So, on this Mother’s Day, we must realize that the role and conditions of motherhood are changing. Families are less stable and permanent. About half of the babies born today will be out of wedlock, and most of those mothers will be destined for the workforce, the welfare roles or both.

A mother raising children today faces tremendous challenges. Another interesting statistic is that more and more women are choosing not to have children. I can certainly understand that when statistics show almost certain poverty in being a single mother.

If we take our heads out of the sand and look at the breakdown of the family, we will have to admit we are in a cultural decline. We live in a time when immediate gratification is more important than personal responsibility. We have men creating life and then not willing to care and nurture that life. We have young women willing to become mothers without any structure in place to protect their children. There is no thought of tomorrow, no thought for the next generation.

This is not just a problem in America – Europe, Russia and most other developed countries have negative birthrates. We seem to be living in a society where self supersedes family.

It is my hope that, on this Mother’s Day, we look at not just mothers but the whole importance of family.

At this point in our history, there are fewer divorces in the Hispanic communities. The concept of family values is still a strong part of the Hispanic ethic.

I think it is important that Hispanics hold onto that value and shun the self-oriented culture that prevails among many Americans. I hope the Hispanic culture will not opt out for dependency on government, which encourages the breakdown of families, self-reliance and self-respect.

On this Mother’s Day, I pray that Americans will adopt the very best of the Hispanic culture and make America stronger in the future with strong families and loved children.

Graham Hetrick

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