Saturday, March 14, 2015

Family University: Powerful Solutions for Modern Society

The session “Family University: Powerful Solutions for Modern Society” was held at the American Convention Center on March 12, 2015. The Worldwide Organization for Women sponsored the session.

This session delivered powerful information. Jose and Jacky Aponte, natives of Puerto Rico, shared personal experiences of how they work together to solve difficulties in their family and the important role family can play in the life of children. “My childhood was not a safe place of nurturing, unconditional love and acceptance," Jacky the wife said. "Unless I choose to step up to these facts and unlearn this type of ‘love’, I will continue to pass it to my own children”. The way Jacky’s mother treated her caused her psychological trauma when she was a child. After she married Jose, the couple wanted their children to live in a happy family, and they believed that “the family garden still is the Best place to grow highly effective and happy people”. They suggested three principles for family: love, vision, and commitment. Love means to express love to family and society, both verbally and by action. It is Jose and Jacky’s vision that “no one gets left behind in our forever happy family”, because they want to keep the family united and happy. A committed father, a committed mother, good family relations, the correction of negative behavior, and the teaching of positive behavior together make a highly effective family. “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on the principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities”, Jose and Jacky said. "The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own home”. Finally, from the gender perspective, because parents educate girls from the start, that a "solid and happy family means happy women”, and “their children have security at young ages”. Based on my understanding, if husbands and wives work together to run a family, girls learn from their parents that both men and women have their rights and responsibilities in a family. Therefore it is fair to say the family is a basic unit where gender equity can start from.

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