Why you need to know your child's friends and their parents

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You know, it's one thing to know that we have to teach our children things like don't talk to strangers. But we don't want to teach our children to fear. You know, when I was growing up, I remember. I have a childhood memory where I would be driving with my mother, and it would be dusk, and there would be a child on a bicycle, and my mother would open her window and go, you go home now. It is almost dark. You go home. My mother didn't even know that child. That's just the way parents were then. We all sort of took care of each other's kids. And these days we've fallen into this sort of injunction, this is my child. Don't talk to my child. Don't have anything to do with my child. And if anything we should be moving in the other direction of weaving families so that people are. This idea of this solid, nuclear family, where it's just this immediate family, this is not a traditional value. This is an aberration. What is traditional is that children were brought up with aunts and uncles and grandparents and a lot of siblings and cousins and so forth. If we do not have that kind of extended family structure, it is particularly important that we try to have it with neighbors and so forth. But not just knowing our neighbors. It is so important that parents be in conversation. Things like this: Scott told me that the kids are going to be at Larry's house this weekend. Is that what Dylan told you? Because that's when you find out, no actually Dylan told me they were going over to Trevor's house. Parents need to check in with each other. And the best thing is if the kids know the parents are talking. Part of being a good parent is knowing that sometimes your child will hate you today. But that's a lot better than 20-30 years later in rehab or therapy when the child says, how could you let me do that? Hello! The only way we can truly protect our children is if we're in communication with each other. That is the societal immune system.

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Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure..." is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. Marianne's other books include The Age of MiraclesEveryday Grace, A Woman's WorthIlluminataHealing the Soul of AmericaA Course in Weight Loss, and The Gift of Change. Her newest book, The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money and Miracles, was published in November 2012 by Harper Collins. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Charlie Rose. Marianne is a native of Houston, Texas. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. Today, Project Angel Food serves over 1,000 people daily. Marianne also founded the Department of Peace Campaign, a grass roots campaign to establish a United States Department of Peace. In December 2006, a NEWSWEEK magazine poll named Marianne Williamson one of the fifty most influential baby boomers. According to Time magazine, "Yoga, the Cabala and Marianne Williamson have been taken up by those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity."

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