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Children Control...A Mother's Point of View

By: Takina Etherly

Date Posted: 1999-06-11

You don't have to be a child physiologist to see that our children are loosing their innocence. Not only to sex, but violence also. It's been said repeatedly: teach them while they’re young or you’ll loose them. I beg to differ - you can start at any age and reach a child. Parenting can be hard, there are no rule books; you just learn as you go. There are parenting classes, but how many of us actually attend, comprehend and put it into practice. We as parents need to involve ourselves in our children’s lives as much as possible. One particular episode highlighted to me just how much we, as parents, must involve ourselves in raising our children. When my daughter and I were out on the playground, a little boy was throwing rocks at her. I told him, politely, please stop throwing rocks before someone gets hurt. He said: “Shut-up. You're not my mother.” This boy was about 6. His mother was on the other side of the park tending to her toddler. So I went to her and asked if the young child was her son. She said: “yes. Is there a problem?”

I let her know what was going on and she acted as if it was impossible - not my son, my angel.

Let's face it, our children are not always little “angels.” I did what I believed was the most responsible thing to do. Sometimes, it is difficult to understand other people’s actions or inaction. If your child is a bully talk to him, let him know the consequences of his/her actions. This is not only good advice, it is a responsibility all parents must bear. If your child is in fear for his or her life, although in your eyes it may appear petty or even “childish,” you don't know what could happen once the child's anger reaches boiling point. On the other hand, your child may decide to try and cope with the circumstances alone, bottling his/her fears within. This reaction is also traumatic and fraught with dangers. Spend time talking to and listening to your children and their friends. If your child is prone to attacking teachers and students, immediate action is needed, not after work or when housework is done. These things are happening to our children today and will continue until we the parents, our community, and our lawmakers decide to get involved.

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