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Family Life 1st is a group of citizens building a community where family life is an honored and celebrated priority. The democratic theory underlying this work is that the families can only be a seedbed for current and future citizens if they achieve a balance between internal bonds and external activities. This balance has become gravely out of whack for many families of all social classes, and retrieving family life requires a public, grass roots movement generated and sustained by families themselves.

Vision: A community committed to family life 1st

Mission: Family Life 1st is a group of citizens building a community where family life is an honored and celebrated
priority.

Desired Future for Families:
  • Families make family time and family activities a high priority in their decision making.
  • Families set conscious limits on the scheduling of outside activities, in order to honor the values they hold about family time.
  • Families set limits on television, the Internet and other electronic media if these are dominating family life inside the home.
  • Families seek out ways to participate together in activities that build and serve their communities.

Desired Future for the Community:

 
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  • Schools, faith communities, neighborhoods, and other groups provide families with resources to develop deeper bonds in a fragmenting world.
  • Schools, faith communities, neighborhoods and other groups offer regular intergenerational activities, so that whole families can participate.
  • Community activity groups of all kinds have explicit working policies that acknowledge, support, and respect families' decisions to make family time a priority.
  • Employers have explicit working policies that honor families' time and energy needs.

 


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