The “modern” family
Locke states that parents must “inform the mind and govern the actions of the their [children’s] ignorant nonage, till reason shall take its place and ease them of that trouble” (58. 301). I have to admit that this is not an easy task. Not only do parents have to nourish their children, but also they must educate them by enforcing rules. Through household laws, parents “preserv[e] and enlarg[e] freedom” because “where there is no law, there is no freedom” (57. 301). The hit series, Modern Family, captures the stuggles parents face in parenting and how they deal The clip I posted depicts the constant battle teens have with their parents in regards to freedom and rules. Both parents teach their children valuable lessons. Haley, a young teen, has her boyfriend over for the first time. She wants to be alone with him in her room, but her mother, Claire, knows that this is not a good idea so she enforces some rules. On the other hand, Luke accidently shot his sister with a BB gun. The rule was that if he shot someone, he would get shot as well. Phil, the father, teaches Luke that is not okay to inflict harm on others. This comedic scene depicts one point of Locke’s views on parenting in a comedic way.
It is important to note that Modern family illustrates a family in which both parents educate their children about life lessons. Dual parenting makes a family. I think that it is very important for both parents to educate their children; however Locke disagrees. Locke states that, that paternal power places the power of the “parents over their children wholly in the father, as if the mother had no share in it” (52. 300). He believes that fathers are the rulers of the house. This is kind of the opposite of how America works. In stereotypical terms, the father works during the day, while the mom takes care of the children and performs household duties. Usually she is the one disciplining the kids and teaching them lessons. Many episodes of Modern Family depict Claire struggling to discipline her kids because Phil does not help her. He is either clueless in regards about how to be strict or just wants to be the friend. This clip below illustrates this.
I agree with Locke to a certain degree; however, I dont think it is right to say that males are the rulers of the house. I believe women are just as sufficient. It is also interesting to think about Lockes view in relation to divorce. My parents were divorced and my mom raised, disciplined, and nourished me with little help from my dad. In contrast to Locke, My dad was not in the ruler of the house because a) my mom took that role and b) I didn’t even live with my dad. What do you think?