What influence does a mother have? It can be hard to see in a culture that actively discourages mothers from raising happy, healthy, patriotic children. It seems our society is determined to teach our kids to hate America, hate each other and hate themselves.
As Steven Covey observed in his 7 Habits of Highly Successful Families,"Even though we can be encouraged by efforts to return to 'family values,' the reality is that the trends in the wider society over the last thirty to fifty years have basically shifted from pro-family to anti-family. We’re trying to navigate through what has become a turbulent, family-unfriendly environment, and there are powerful headwinds that easily throw many families off track."
If you think these descriptions of our current culture are an exaggeration, you haven’t been keeping up with the news.
Public schools are encouraging young children to be confused about their gender, and then bullying parents when they try to help their own children.
One father shared the terrifying experience of having his daughter, who is on the autism spectrum, affirmed for supposedly being transgender despite no previous indication or reason for her sudden behavior.
The distraught father writes, "Without telling me or my wife, they referred to her by her new name. They treated my daughter as if she were a boy, using male pronouns and giving her access to a gender neutral restroom."
Meanwhile, younger and younger children in schools are being exposed to graphic and totally inappropriate sexual "education." In the bid to destroy not only innocence but also patriotism, critical race theory and "anti-racism" are becoming the norm in more and more classrooms across America.
Our children are more and more isolated by draconian mask mandates (despite no scientific evidence that children benefit from wearing masks and in fact causes harm), unnecessary "distance learning," shutting down sports and extracurriculars, and keeping them isolated.
In all of these examples, we see government overreach into families’ lives. There is no doubt that our children are suffering. We’ve taken all the purpose and passion from their lives—that is, that they are children of God, citizens of America and part of a family.
What do we do?
The resounding message from parents who have been directly threatened by this tyranny is 'you are not alone.'
Now is the time to speak up and fight for our kids. Andrew Gutmann went public with his decision to pull his daughter from an elite school because he saw how damaging the "anti-racism" in the curriculum was and how the school was being poisoned by it. His advice to other sane parents is "try to find families that are like-minded and speak out together ... anonymously if necessary, but publicly if possible."
For those who are not ready to speak in the public sphere, he said, "At the very least, try to educate yourself on the language and tactics of critical race theory so you understand what schools are doing and can begin to counteract."
"If nothing else, try to 'de-indoctrinate' your child at home, which gets harder and harder as they get older because of peer pressure. Most importantly, recognize you are NOT alone," he continued.
Gutmann is absolutely right.
The only reason we are hearing more about the damaging, un-American, anti-family topics being taught in our schools is that parents are paying attention and speaking out. The more we work together to expose the objectionable content, the more the silent majority will be inspired to stand for what is right.
The most important work that moms can do is not in the public sphere but in their homes, in their relationships with their children.
Mothers set the tone of the home and in a loving environment they can share lessons of truth and liberty that our young people so desperately need. In the face of such largescale attacks on our republic and the virtues on which it was founded, we can feel like our actions don’t make a difference, but we know that they do.
The most powerful force in America today is not the president and his ever-growing bureaucracy of woke elites. The most powerful force in our country are the mothers who teach their children to love God, serve their families, and stand for liberty.
In the 1800s, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, "Righteous women in their circle of influence, beginning in the home, can turn the world around."
That remains true today.
This Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate the women who have dedicated their lives to raising the next generation and thank them for the irreplaceable role they play in our nation.
Kimberly Fletcher is an author, radio host, and president/founder of Moms for America, a national educational corporation rooted in the principles of liberty and virtue upon which our nation was founded. Read Her Reports Here.
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