Sunday, June 23, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Dangers are ever-present.
Accordingly, June is designated as "Child Safety Awareness Month."
This awareness "focus" is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services to raise the consciousness level of parents, caretakers, and the general public, on how to foster a safe, healthy environment for today's children.
Depending upon a child's age, location, parental supervision, and environmental factors, there are many challenges and potential dangers they might be exposed to today.
Here are a few to consider:
- Internet Predators
- Ingestion of harmful chemicals
- Slips and dangerous falls
- Mental abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Car accidents
- Domestic violence
With this in mind, here are some timely strategies and practices to protect today's kids.
- If you're a parent or educator, keep the lines of communication open. Encourage them to share their fears and concerns in a healthy, age-appropriate way.
- Keep chemicals under lock and away from toddlers and curious little ones.
- Place monitoring devices and "blocks" on certain websites that might compromise your child's innocence.
- If possible, place computers in a "general" visible area in the home, where everyone has equal access.
- Never allow children to spend time at any one's home that you are not familiar with.
- If you're a single parent, be careful and mindful of who you bring home, and potentially expose your kids to. There are many software programs and websites that will allow you to conduct a background check on your "new friend." Better safe than sorry.
- Recognize that harsh words that belittle and demean can cause emotional scars, and contribute to mental abuse.
- Domestic violence is a dangerous cycle. According to Turning Point Services.Org, 90% of children from violent homes, witnessed fathers who were abusive to their moms.
- They also report that abused children are arrested 4x more often than their non-abused peers.
Let's all do our part to protect future generations, and break the cycle of abuse and neglect- by opening our ears, eyes, minds, and hearts and becoming more actively involved.
For more information and resources, visit WWW.CDV.ORG
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
“Children live what they learn.”---
In the upcoming weeks, families across our country will honor and celebrate Father’s Day.
And it is recognition well deserved.
Good fathers serve a very valuable role in a progressive, balanced, stable, happy society.
They build strong families, offer support, nurturing and guidance, while providing the necessary “building blocks” for a solid foundation for our future generations.
Fathers are, by virtue of their roles, intended to be protectors and providers.
Boys learn how to be men at their hands, while daughters learn how to love through their example.
Often times, a girl who has witnessed domestic violence as a child views “love” and men through distorted lenses. It misguides. It sends the wrong message. It contributes to poor self-esteem, and may ultimately be her “undoing” and eventual death through an abuser.
An absentee father can be just as detrimental. According to statistics and studies provided by attorney Jeffrey Leving:
- Fatherless children are 11 times more likely to exhibit violent behavior than their two parent peers.
- Fatherless children are twice as apt to drop out of school than students living with a mom and dad in the household.
- 75% of teen suicides are from single family households.
For those out there who continue to do the “right thing” we salute you. And we give our heartfelt thanks.
To those who have “gone on” before us, we remember and cherish you.
To those who are negligent in their duties, we issue this public service message: “Man up!”
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO YOU AND YOURS…