I'm 18 years old and have had a strong conviction that my family life isn't adequate. Not that our family suffers from any sort of abuse or outside pressure, but simply because I've felt dissatisfied that in this American culture we favor the family as a group of individuals who work under their own schedules whether it be jetting off to work for long hours, going off to school, spending time with other friends, not spending meals together, and generally not having the family be together as one unit. We're almost all like individual people with our own agendas and schedules rather than a loving community. Now I'm fed up with it, and after thinking about the family and reading things on the topic, like those by GK Chesterton, I've already tried to start to change our daily rhythm so that it fosters more togetherness. I've already talked about some of this to my parents, but I don't think they fully understand the full gravity of what I want us to be. And I essentially need to inform my parents how to raise a family right as well as imparting to them the passion and reverence I have for the family as perhaps one of the most Christian institutions God has given us. We're already trying to start a family devotion together, us as a family of 5. But I'd like more ideas on activities that could bring us together in general? Eventually, I'd also like to convince my parents that our two 6th graders that are apart of our family should be homeschooled, so I'd like some ideas on how to convince my parents to take on such a daunting task?
I'll be leaving for college in a few weeks, so I'd like to take advantage of the time I have left here, and establish some sort of rhythm and togetherness that our family can benefit in years from now. I'm fully convinced that my parents will never experience the true fullness of love as parents anywhere else, but in the family truely committed to each other. And my siblings will never find a place more free or invigorating than what can be found in a committed family, especially as compared to what can be found in a public school.