I was finishing up reading "No Greater Love" by Mother Teresa and came across this passage:
"Everybody seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater development and greater riches. Children have very little time for their parents and parents have very little time for their children and for each other. So the breakdown of peace in the world begins at home."
This is just so true. I see it in my friends' families and it is no one person's fault. These are good parents. There is just this push to have children involved in everything so that they won't be left behind in any area. Children have lost the time to daydream, to play, to just be, or even to make a meaningful contribution to the family because they just aren't around to do so. Meanwhile, parents (often both of whom are working outside the home) act as cheuffeurs and social calendar schedulers. The whole thing is just so crazy. Spending time together is the most valuable thing we can do as a family. We should guard that time much more carefully.