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I don’t know any perfect humans

Posted by on October 5, 2012

 

Kevin Moberg serves as the Best Friends Mentoring Programs’ Board of Directors Secretary/Treasurer. I asked Kevin several question to get to know a bit more about how he sees our world, here are his answers:

What’s your favorite activity after a busy day?

“I like to go home and sit down to supper with my family.  We share stories from the day as we share a meal.  It’s a great way to reconnect with them and unwind from the busy-ness of our work and school days.”

If you had a magic wand, what would you change about how it is to be a kid these days?

“I would remove non-kid-friendly elements from their world: adults who swear around kids or wear shirts printed with obscenities without any effort to cover up when children are around; TV shows, movies, and advertising that promote sex and violence using means to which kids have access, such as the primetime hours of TV, the trailers of movies, and billboards and magazine covers; and the ugliness of poverty, drugs, and violence that creeps into neighborhoods and cities when adults allow their own problems to affect their kids or the other children of the community (e.g., making it unsafe for kids to walk to/from school alone).”

What do you think the world could use more of?

“It could use more listening and less talking. ‘Discussions’ of politics, public education, civil healthcare, international relations, the economy, etc., have devolved to a point at which people talk (or shout) instead of listening, considering alternate viewpoints, being open to a change of mind, being willing to concede a point, and so on. It’s a hostile model of civic debate that we’re displaying for our children, who, for better or worse, will learn from our example.”

Do you think there is such a thing as a “perfect” family?

“No.  The qualities that make a family ‘perfect’ are in the eye of the beholder. Through the years, our laws, customs, and research studies have identified traits of families that tend to yield good results for children; but the particulars of what works in one family may not in another. And, because I don’t know any perfect humans, I would guess that all human families are imperfect to some degree. Perhaps forming a ‘good’ family is a matter of trying to limit or overcome imperfections and to promote the traits and behaviors that we know are good for children (and other people in a family).”

 

 

Thank you Kevin for all that you do to support our program and the community!

 

-Laura

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