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Familyconvulsions

There is a tension between materialism andfamily values.

TED HAGGARD,Pastor, New Life Church, Colorado Springs

Affluenza is a family problem. In a variety of ways, the disease is like a termite undermining American family life, sometimes to the point of collapse. We have already mentioned time pressures. One study found that American couples now find just twelve minutes a day to talk to each other! Others suggest that ten to fifteen minutes of conversation a day would be an improvement!1 Some studies suggest that over the past generation, the time parents spend with their children has declined by as much as 40 percent. ...

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