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101 Things You Can Do For Our Children's Future

a book by Richard Louv

(our site's book review)

Mr. Louv says that “. . . many families are redefining the extended family by creating super-extended families of friends, neighbors, nonparents, available seniors, and parenting support groups.” As you can see, he is about as ready as one can be for the advent of the MC movement—he’s paving the way eloquently. See Why Register for an MC?.

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Louv fine-tunes the above wisdom with a few more insightful details: “The family web grows far stronger when additional strands surround the core, sheltering it from harm while extending its boundaries. For the family, these protective strands are woven by relatives and friends—other parents, single adults, childless couples, neighbors, grandparents who join forces as a super-extended family. Children need and enjoy contact with adults other than their parents; when surrounded by caring adults, kids have both security and liberation, a broader base of operation, and the freedom to explore a variety of lifestyles and beliefs. Grownups who are involved with children gain a sense of generational completion, an opportunity to influence, protect, and defend the young. We all long to belong in a family.” Never have we found someone more on the same page we are on. We find it to be a happy experience and can only bemoan the fact that there are so few writers such as Louv that have really seen the light.

He advises you to invite friends who are not parents to be part of your family, enlist childless friends as surrogate parents, honor friends by making them godparents to your kids, encourage your children to adopt surrogate grandparents, network with neighbors to reduce parent isolation (and increase flat-gradient nurturance and reduce steep-gradient nurturance), create community in condominium and apartment complexes (in which common spaces are easy to create and utilize), tear down the fences separating a block’s backyards and thereby create a common hub of neighborhood socialization and childcare, and create a “family room”—a hub and/or family center that creates actual opportunities for the needed social web of connectedness in neighborhoods. Think MC—obviously!

We just have to say it: the world needs about a billion more Richard Louvs! Spread around the world in every country, showing people that life can work right if you set it up right. It's a breathtaking thought!

We came up with the MC ideas in the mid 1980s, and the The Personal Status Board (PSB™) is our name for MC communication software, which was invented as a concept by M.C. Smith in 1988, and created as an electronic device in 1988 as well, although software on the Internet is a more viable form, now—you'll find PSBs explained on this website. There just wasn't much of an Internet in 1988! Anyway, MCs are our name for microcommunities, and Louv's wonderful 1993 book 101 Things You Can Do For Our Children's Future, as you can see in the last paragraph, describes MC environments, in general, but start reading the MC material on this website and you'll see there's a lot more one can do to enhance this overall idea and transform the environment to an OPTIMAL living and childraising environment! See for yourself!