Vol.IX No.IX Pg.5
November 1972

Mother's Going Out

Robert F. Turner

A woman writes, "I would like for you to write an article on TIT.2:3-5. A woman in the Lord is answerable to God for what she does in His Kingdom, or what she fails to do. Our fast society, and women in the world, have lulled us to sleep about our real responsibilities in this life, for God, and our families". And that is not nearly all she had to say about it. Shades of "women's Lib".

From "Love, Marriage -- And Crime", by Lester Velie; Reader's Digest, Aug. 1972: "there is an ever rising tide of children who are growing up without both parents. By 1970 the number had risen to 7.6 million under 18 - double that of a decade ago. Among black children, fully 40 % don't know what it is to have a home with both parents in it. Potentially, each of these millions of broken home children is a source of trouble to himself and to us. In the first six years of his life a child's development is influenced primarily by his parents -- or by a lack of them...."

"Cornell University researchers have found that children from homes in which one or both parents are frequently absent are "pessimistic about the future, rate lower in responsibility and leadership, and are more likely to engage in anti-social behavior". Note that this deals with "frequently absent" parents, NOT just divorced parents. Read on, you mothers who take jobs outside the home!!

From "When Should Your Child Go To School?" by Raymond and Dennis Moore; Reader's Digest, Oct. '72: "A wealth of research has established that a child's primary needs in these formative years are for an environment free of tasks that will overtax his brain, and for a setting that provides warmth, continuity and security". John Bowlby, a world authority on the subject of maternal deprivation, points out that in the Western world early-childhood problems commonly result from 'too little mothering, or mothering coming from a succession of different people' ".

"Throughout the experimental work in this area there is considerable evidence that early schooling and parental deprivation together are prime contributors to childhood maladjustment, motivational loss, poor retention, deterioration of attitudes and a wide variety of other physical and behavioral problems". Incidentally, Dr. Bowlby also insists, "children thrive better in bad homes than in good institutions".

Now mothers, I have given you some of the latest scientific findings on what you may be doing to your children by unnecessarily "working out". Is that color T.V., dress, or fancy living-room suite really worth it?? Do you suppose God knew what was best long before the above was written??

"That aged women likewise be reverent in demeanor, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good; that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sober-minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." TIT.6 2:3-5.