Cry baby

Wandering through our new ward building today as I took my shift on the cleaning crew, I found it hard not be impressed by how well the new building caters to the needs of families. The cutest part of the building is in the nursery–there is a tot-sized bathroom, filled with a miniature toilet and sink. There are diaper changing tables in both the men’s and women’s bathrooms (a change, my husband tells me, from the old days), a beautiful mother’s room, storage areas for toys, and a slew of energy saving devices. In many ways, this building gives physical expression to the desirability of incorporating family life into our public interactions.

Most days, I’m a strong supporter of highlighting and catering to family needs. But recently I have found myself wondering if our success in making the family such a central part of our public gatherings has not also come with costs.

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