Raising Children in an Anti-Child World – Crisis Magazine

Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJVPosted by

There is a growing childfree movement comprised of people who intentionally choose never to welcome children. Often people mistakenly see their own laziness and selfishness as very important aspects of their person that are worthy of protection and cultivation.

The midterm election was almost two months ago, but some of us have yet to recover. Not from the results—simply from the experience of voting. Before we become embroiled in analysis of the ills of the current voting practices, let me clarify that I refer only to standing in an hour-long line with young children.

The line looked daunting, but it was moving. Thirty minutes in, we finally entered the snaking body of the queue and realized we’d woefully underestimated. But at that point, abandoning seemed foolish. The next polling place might be just as bad!

Amid all the drama of the voting line, a man ahead of us described for his neighbor the culture of his wife’s native Brazil, in which, according to him, there was a high degree of honor conferred on mothers with young children and the elderly. In a line, mothers with young children and the elderly would be given first place, and in waiting rooms they were ushered ahead of everyone else. That sounded fabulous right around the time the toddler started bellowing for more snacks and the infant in the next segment of the line began protesting the confines of his stroller. 

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Raising Children in an Anti-Child World – Crisis Magazine

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