We are always too busy for our children. We never give them the time nor interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift -- our personal association, which means so much to them -- we give grudgingly and throw it away on those who care for it so little.
You may well have mixed feelings about how children are faring in the United States today. You probably can think of many children who are better off today than we were at their ages, but those children are likely to be your own and those of your friends. Without much effort, however, you also can think of more children who are worse off Certainly in my work that is the rule, not the exception.
Too many children in the United States suffer today, not only because they are neglected and abused, but because efforts to help them are misplaced and often harm them. Moreover, in recent decades the political emphasis on the equal treatment of all citizens has tended to obscure the fact that children, adolescents, and their parents have needs that merit special consideration.
There is no doubt that children have come a long way from past