As parents, we have the greatest responsibility in the world. That is to raise, teach and mold our children into caring, responsible adults. It is a known fact that many parents are dealing with a more stress in their lives than usual due to the hard economic times. But that does not give them the right to take their anger out on their children. Parents must make their children their priority in life, no matter what is going on in their world. There are many resources available for over stressed parents who need help with their children. Fear of having their children taken away could deter them from getting assistance, but that should not be the case. Again, public awareness is a factor. Throughout the region, there are agencies that provide a safe haven for abused children.
Founded in 2002, Safe Families for Children has partnered with churches, local community agencies, and volunteer families, as well as government organizations in more than a dozen states. The Safe Families for Children network provides care for children when parents are in need of help. When there are circumstances in a parent’s life that prevents them from parenting their child. Safety and healing for the family unit is offered through the care offered at Safe Families for Children. This unique organization has provided essential extended-family relationships to nearly 1,000 children and families annually. Visit www.safe-families.org and get involved with helping families become what God intended them to be.
Recently, a central Pennsylvania mother was charged with assault over injuries police say her toddler suffered when she harshly scrubbed his face. The Centre Daily Times of State College reported that a 26-year-old mother was bound over for trial Wednesday for allegedly injuring the 3-year-old boy after he made a mess with nail polish. It is normal for a 3 year old child to want to be creative. Maybe the mother should have been supplying this child with some age appropriate art supplies. Crayons are less than a dollar. Parents must take their parenting responsibilities seriously. Too many of these precious children are being hurt and at times killed by their own parents!
According to the Associated Press, Prosecutors say the mother held the little boy’s neck so tight that she ruptured blood vessels and caused facial injuries with intense scrubbing after he got the nail polish on his face on June 21.Police say the mother acknowledged her anger played a role in the boy’s injuries. The mother’s attorney sought dismissal of the charges, saying his client had a duty to remove the nail polish. News Flash, Mr. Attorney-the mother’s duty is to love, nurture, and care, inspire, teach, motivate, encourage, uplift, protect, bring healing and respect for their child, not scrub their face so hard that they bring such harm to the child. Not only did she harm the child physically, but what about the severe emotion harm that was done. A child expects their mother to love and nurture them, not harm them in any way! “Whatever happened to buying a small bottle of nail polish remover and cleaning the child up that way? This mother needs to be educated as to how to parent a child. Another issue that should be checked is as to whether or not drugs or alcahol are involved. How many children are being abused because drugs have stolen their parents? Drugs – are a tool of the enemy, used to destroy families and lives. At Safe Families for Children, a parent can get the help they need. Many parents are doing the kind of parenting that was taught them by their own parents. These are repeated behaviors that must be changed in order to save the children and restore families.