I don’t know if you have watched certain TV “reality” shows that feature children, such as Dance Moms or Toddlers and Tiaras. I typically watch anything at least once if there is a child in it just to keep up-to-date. It is very difficult for me to contain my anger, frustration, and sorrow about the adults in our society who justify some of the “realities” that our children are exposed to. It saddens me to watch the experiences these children are forced to participate in before they are old enough to have a voice strong enough to make a choice. I sometimes feel that same anger, frustration, and sorrow when shopping at our neighborhood stores—those moments when cameras are NOT rolling, and parents are just going about life. I cannot stand to see children disrespected, berated, or handled inappropriately.
I simply wanted to stop today and remind ALL of us as adults—whether you are a parent, grandparent, guardian, friend, aunt, uncle, cousin…the list could go on and on—that children are our greatest natural resource. How we treat our children determines the future of our society. We must stop hurting, destroying, abusing, mistreating, and neglecting our most precious natural resource. We must refuse to accept it as a society.
The news has been filled the past few weeks with stories on the price of and speculations about the availability of gasoline. And yet, our nation’s GREATEST natural resource is being harmed; and we as a society are becoming more and more desensitized to it. If you have a child in your life in ANY capacity, take the time this week to notice. Is this child loved, hugged, protected? Does this child have provision, shelter, and protection? If not, make a difference. You cannot save the world, but you CAN save one.
If each of us reaches out to make a difference, we can create a new reality for our children. Television shows do not last without good ratings. If we refuse to watch, perhaps a few less children will be exploited. If we teach a young mother what we have learned, perhaps we can save her from making a critical mistake. If we start a parent group, perhaps an otherwise uninformed parent will realize she is making an unhealthy choice or feels safe to reach out when overwhelmed. Ask yourself, “What can I do?”
Impact the REALITY of a child’s life in your world…it will SHOW.
Written by Donna McClintock, COO with Children’s Choice Learning Center, Inc.