Linda & Richard Eyre
Richard and Linda Eyre are New York Times No. 1 best-selling authors who lecture throughout the world on family-related topics. Visit them anytime at or at Their latest Deseret Book e-book is “On the Homefront,” which contains 100 of their favorite columns with photos and videos.

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In Chapter 10 we will look at some of the things that the larger institutions of our society could do (or stop doing) to better support the smallest institution of the family.
Everyone, particularly every child, needs an identity larger than himself — something he belongs to, feels part of and gains security and protection from.
The clear connection between the decline of families and the world’s social problems cannot be ignored. The trick is figuring out which is the cause and which is the effect.
A generation ago, no one would have questioned the premise that the family is the basic unit of society. Today, it is questioned from many sides.
Even as parents try harder and put forth more effort, raising responsible and values-centered children is getting harder and harder.
We tend to undervalue and underestimate commitment. We forget about its pervasive power. When real commitment is felt, and expressed, it has a way of shrinking problems, of making them look manageable.
We are all born into family. And we hope that family will surround us when we exit this world. In between, family provides us with our greatest joys and deepest sorrows.
Together and separately, we have written more than 40 books over the past four decades. But we feel that none of our previous writing has been anywhere near as important our new book, "The Turning."
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