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A number of prominent conservatives say Americans have lost sight of their good ol' fashioned family values.
Influential spiritual leader and an expert in child development doctor James Dotson is heading up a building a family legacy event this weekend.
Hoping to spark important conversations on this topic he's also the author of the strong willed child.
And other mainly related books he joins us now live from San Diego a doctor Dobson welcome thank you for joining us I want -- start up asking though because I understand your home.
May be in danger in some of those raging wildfires in Colorado.
Can you give us an update.
Well thank you Shannon.
I just got a phone call in the last hour saying that the fires are.
About a mile from my house and are coming our way have the wind is blowing.
Strongly so I don't know any more detail -- that but I am very concerned about it obviously.
Well we wish you the best in all other coloradans who are now very worried on and what's looks like one of worst fire.
Season they've had in quite some time.
And now to the topic that you're out working on this weekend and have been for decades.
The American family Al what is your take on then the health status how would you grade the American family in 2012.
Well -- I've been at this for a long time I was a professor pediatrics that USC's school of Madison.
In that 1977.
-- left to start.
And outreach to ministry.
To the family and I've been working on it ever sense and -- what I saw then that caused me to leave.
Has now been played out and we are seeing the family under terrific stress.
And that danger and I'm extremely worried about it and that's why we're doing this.
Series called building a family legacy for those that really want to build a foundation for their family and for the kids.
And it seems like parents are more stressed than ever I'm not only you know just the job of child rearing and doing a good job -- that but trying to survive in a tough economy.
How much pressure is on parents and how does that translate into love their ability to do the job.
Well hi I think it's tougher to raise kids now than it ever was minor now grown.
And in some ways I'm glad they are -- cause.
The culture is at war with families -- does not make it easy.
That when I was a kid -- -- surrounding culture seemed to try to support.
Family says schools were more supportive of families.
And and now they if you look at the influence of Hollywood and the Internet then.
All the other -- social media and everything else it's yes working against the effort.
Children with -- strong faith.
And established commitment to the parents it is just harder and that's why -- Do in this project at this time.
And very quickly -- want to ask you do you have hope do you think that there is a way to turn this around and strengthen families again.
I certainly do and you know the culture.
Moves back and forth the pendulum swings.
And I think just be silly did not have hope.
But the hope is primarily for those that are willing to make an investment in their families.
Those who were distracted those who -- disengaged.
Those who -- thinking about something else some.
RO I absolutely worn out and they hardly know what that kids are doing about 50% of kids come home to an empty house.
And those those people -- I think gonna have some struggles.
With their children those that are willing to make that combat but.
Make a difference while it is a lot of hard work we know you've dedicated your life -- -- doctor James Dobson thank you for your time -- -- --
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