Thursday, February 18, 2010

benefit of a large family: "we had our own culture"

From American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by Joan Biskupic, p.41:
...Recalling the turbulent 1970s, Scalia said of his children, "They were being raised in a culture that wasn't supportive of our values, that was certainly true. But we were helped by the fact that we were such a large family. We had our own culture... The first thing you've got to teach your kids is what my parents used to tell me all the time, 'You're not like everybody else... We have our own standards and they aren't the standards of the world in all aspects, and the sooner you learn that the better.'"


  1. Beautiful!
    I've seen such with the beautiful large families I know, both Jewish and not.

  2. Even if families are not so large, they could still set their own standards, marching to the beat of their own drum, so to speak.

  3. My parents set their own standards and we were small, but I think there is an advantage to having your own basketball team.

    Nevertheless, too many kids are suffering from low expectations.

  4. You hit on it, SL. My daughter always says we have too high expectations when compared to the behavior and standards of those around them. Other parents expect very little of their children. It seems today that any behavior that would keep a child to the right side of the category of juvenile delinquent is rewarded as excellent.