Needed: parenting—even if you don't have children

Someone needs you. Actually, a whole generation needs you. A generation of young people that, according to experts, faces "influences and pressures" that are different from those any previous generation has faced.

Teens especially deal daily with "life-and-death issues." Like school shootings, street violence, drugs, sexual pressure, alcohol, suicide. Sometimes their families have difficulty helping these teens. Or don't help them. So their community family—and their worldwide family—also need to offer support. And that's where you and I come in. That's where we all can practice parenting skills.

The best parenting, of course, goes way beyond providing food, clothing, and shelter. It recognizes God as the divine Parent of everyone. And it expresses God, perfect Principle, who is constantly fathering and mothering every child with absolute authority. With incomparable love. With irresistible intelligence and unending patience.

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