I am very tired of trying to get through to adults who were not taught how to cope, be respectful, and a huge assortment of other necessaties that parents seem to have left out while raising their children some 30-40 odd years ago. Was our society really that illiterate and lacking? I think not. A lot of people today would say that the generation raising kids today are too young to raise kids.... HA I say! Who's fault is it! I somehow think that even though we do have a young parent problem today it is more because the last generation of parents seemed to have gotten caught up in some sort of tragic cycle of spoiling their children and not teaching them morals and values and discipline to the point of their inability to be reasonable about current issues and traditional beliefs. I think so many factors are at work here that the only reasonable way to solve this problem is to stop it dead in it's tracks! We (this generation) need to step up and take more responsibility for our children. Last night I was forced to call the police to report a suicide threat made by a young boy. Now I am sure this is not something this kids parents wanted to face right before Christmas, but it is happening and as a parent I would have wanted to know even if the other parent thought it was a fake issue. These children are crying out! They need support from people that know what the hell they are talking about! Not other kids. I monitor every single move my children make to some degree and I step in as soon as I hear something that might threaten their safety. I watch for signs of depression and other things that my children might be going through. I let them choose their own friends, but I monitor the behaviors of these friends and try to point out the ones that are not good to copy and so on..... I allow them to make choices that may cause them some pain, but I step in if I see that they are not handling it well and help them. I never make my children go at it alone. Parents are not paying attention! They think their job is more important and that buying Christmas gifts is more important and what others might think of their child and thenselves if they are labled deppressed or problematic. I realize that income is important, but lets try to remember why we work in the first place... For Our Family! If they are all dead or hospitalized because we didn't pay attention then what are we working for then? All I am saying is that sometimes we need to scale back on the things we think we need and "pay" closer attention to the things that really matter. Take a pay cut to save your child if you have to! I did! It is not easy to live on one salary, but to keep my children safe and well adjusted it is way more worth it! Oh, by the way for the single parents that are losing their children left and right to suicide and crime and other issues. Please get some help! Do not go it alone! If you are affraid of the system then get out there and find a friend that can help! People that read this and know of a single parent who is struggling then lend them a hand if you can or find a way to help them find a helping hand! This is a crisis! Children are dying needlessly!!! They are children and need parents! God gave us the ability to have children to take care of. He did not intend for us to have children then leave them to fend for themselves. If that was the case they would pop out talking and thinking, not helpless! Grow up adult children! Your real children need you!!! I pray for us all! Especially the children!
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