What About the Children

“Children are our most valuable resource”

 ~President Herbert Hoover

We live in a generation where often children are born to teenaged parents. Many of these young parents were never taught during their childhood so they are often ill prepared for parenting.

Early in my career as a Child Care Professional, I began a practice of daily circle times with the children in my care. This time was set aside for talking to one another, singing songs, and repeating positive affirmations. The children shared information about things that were dear to them, i.e. toys, family, friends, etc. During this time we also learned that repetition is a solid tool for growth, learning, discipline and skill development. I was amazed at how quickly they learned to memorize songs and affirmations. They would go home and teach their parents what we learned during the day. They grew and developed into independent, well disciplined, obedient children. Children know just how to wrap their parents around their fingers. Some days, I would ask myself, ” now which one is the parent?” Their wisdom gives them the innate ability to sense when love and care is genuine, opposed to being superficial. Therefore, appropriate learning protects our children from those who may not have their best interest at heart.

The State of Our Youth Today

Statistics tell us that 40% of children born are born to single mothers. We must question our position in many areas, the first three that come to mind are:

1) Family Values

2) Health Relationships

3) Sexual Activity

It has become acceptable for a family to have one parent and multiple children, fathered by multiple men. Gone are the days when we automatically think about family as a father, mother and children. Too many commonplace things seem to be sexually driven. You cannot watch a television commercial or look at a car advertisement without the scantily clad, smooth talking, cosmetically manicured model, that has absolutely nothing to do with the product.

All of these images and messages about faster, stronger, skinnier, or sexier are telling our children they are not good enough. This subliminal messaging continues to measure up to unrealistic false standards. If we were to spend more time teaching our children right from wrong, and teach them to stand up for what they believe in, they would weigh the consequences before they act. We would then have children who are smarter, stronger and better equipped than generations before them.

Excerpts from “A Guide to Raising Children in a Society Geared Toward Failure”

Dr. Francis S. Cole, Ph.D. Regional Director

U.S. Department of Labor

Respect For Authority

I watched as a young man gave up his seat on the bus for an elderly lady. Wow! I thought to myself. It’s been a while since I saw someone display such an act of kindness. Immediately, after that thought, came another. Why is that so? Back in the day that was the norm. That is the way we were taught.

Mental Toughness

MENTAL TOUGHNESS

Exerpts from “A Guide to Raising Children in a Society Geared Toward Failure

Living in a “quick fix” generation has produced a society who “want it right now”. Having that mindset has encouraged a lax, non-chalant attitude, making it easy to quit. What happened to endurance and perseverance?

Let’s Catch Them Young

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Did you know that youth that come from lower socioeconomic households are more likely to engage in more risk behaviors during their youth than those that come from middle and upper class households?

For some of us, that is a new lesson. For Joy Stevenson, who fights to keep these at risk youth from engaging in these behaviors, it is just a fact of life. She does this through her organization, Catch Them Young, Inc.

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Joy has experienced teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, and other perils of life, and is now working to keep others from experiencing the same plights. She has detailed her accounts and advice in her new book, A Guide to Raising Children in a Society Geared Toward Failure. It is a guide using basic principles to help parents, grandparents and guardians strategize in keeping their children out of trouble. The book not only has Ms. Stevenson’s own personal knowledge, but she has also sought out the advice and expertise of colleagues who are professionals in the spiritual and youth worlds.

“I just love helping kids. They are our future, and my heart is for my students—the youth of today. I believe in discipline, hard work, and rigorous training. I always tell my staff and students that you play how you practice, so practice with energy, rigor and vigor, everyday whether it is in the classroom, tutoring, or studying. Always give it 110%. Live life to help others, give your time to make a difference. Understand that all children need guidance, to be surrounded by people who care, and to be held accountable for their actions.”  -A Guide to Raising Children in a Society Geared Toward Failure

The book is set to be released December 2014, which is also a milestone birthday month for Ms. Stevenson. She has written this book to inspire as well as instruct, not just parents but children and let them know they are not victims of circumstance, it is not too late to make the right decision.

You can reach Catch Them Young, Inc.

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The Voice of Our Forefathers

“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there … in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there … in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”   ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

“The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.” ~ U.S. Congress – 1782

“If we were to remove the Bible from public schools we would be wasting so much time punishing crimes and taking so little pains to prevent them.”  ~ Benjamin Rush

“Within the covers of that single Book [the Bible] are all the answers to all the problems that face us today. If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”   ~ Ronald Reagan

America the beautiful and In God we trust.

Do We? 

Really?

 *Excerpt from A Guide to Raising Children in a Society Geared Toward Failure