We are in the process of getting passports for our family. While digging through our important papers to locate our birth certificates, I found the following pamphlet.
It was stuck in the envelope that contained my twelve-year-old daughter’s birth certificate. This was sent out in 2000 from the South Carolina Governor’s Office, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, and the Child Support Enforcement Division.
Interesting advice, isn’t it?
There’s more. Here’s a quote from inside the pamphlet.
“The General Assembly finds that the family is the fundamental building block of society. Within healthy families children are instilled with values essential to the vitality of our State.
These values include personal responsibility, honesty, duty, commitment to others, a work ethic, respect for authority, and sound educational habits. Because the family plays such a crucial role in developing these and other civic virtues essential to self-government, parents have a duty to themselves, their children, and society at large to instill these virtues in their children.”
I almost feel like the state is (or was back then) validating what my husband and I are seeking to do with our family. How thankful I am to know that, whether or not the Biblical family is “in style,” God will give us the wisdom we need to lead our children and teach them His ways.