Designing Families is a thought-provoking examination of the challenges facing the nuclear family as it enters the new millenium. John Scanzoni sets the issue of change in families in aN historical and cross-cultural perspective tracing the development of the family from the Agricultural Age to the Information Age.
Chapter 6: Empowering Children and Youth: Making Parenting Public
Empowering Children and Youth: Making Parenting Public
Part II of this book is about completing the family revolution begun some 200 years ago. Chapter 5 showed how the NEL community might reinvent adult relationships in order to facilitate gender equity, thus advancing the revolution. But family obviously includes children as well as adults. What kinds of changes might we propose for parent-child relationships? And for child-child relationships? How would those changes promote the family revolution? Would those changes be as radical—in the sense of going to the root of things—as the changes envisioned for adult relationships?
In Chapter 4, I noted that today's cohousing communities do not imply radical changes in children's behavior. Instead, the neighborhood is seen as a ...