Mark McDonald is a psychiatrist in Los Angeles.
A traditional family is a family unit that consists of a married couple (man and woman) and their biological children. This family structure has been the norm for centuries.
Traditional families provide a stable and secure environment for children. Children who are raised in traditional families are more likely to do well in school, have fewer behavioural problems, and be less likely to engage in risky behaviors.
They provide children with a strong sense of identity and belonging. Children who grow up in traditional families are more likely to feel loved and supported, and they are more likely to have a positive self-image.
Traditional families also provide children with role models for healthy relationships. Children who grow up in traditional families are more likely to learn how to have healthy relationships with their partners, their children, and their friends.
Children who grow up in traditional families are more likely to be involved in their community, and they are more likely to have a sense of belonging.
Plus, traditional families provide children with a strong moral foundation. Children who grow up in traditional families are more likely to learn about the importance of hard work, honesty, and respect.
In our conversation, Mark touches on
- a mother and a father being critical;
- gay and single parents;
- children versus video games, drugs, and gangs;
- women failing at being both career-and-family driven; and
- prioritising family over income.
As he points out, there are exceptions, but it’s important to remember that exceptions are not the rule.
Whether we like it or not, the traditional family matters.