We mentioned in an earlier article that the reason adolescents join gangs is that they need this larger identity. The reason they want to follow a certain style or behave in a particular way is that they have an inherent need to be part of something larger than themselves — to fit into some bigger whole, to have something to rely on, to fall back on, to belong to.
There is no better time to think about heritage and genealogy and ancestry than right after Pioneer Day. Whether or not you come from pioneer stock, knowing all you can about your forbearers and passing it on to your kids is one of the most effective ways in the world to give your children something they desperately need — an identity larger than self.
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