See, the other day, I read about this woman who, during a fight with her husband, hit him with their four week old baby, causing the baby to suffer a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain.
I thought: Will someone please remove her ovaries and his vas deferens, please?
Oh, but what a difference a press conference can make. See, this is how it was. According to hubby, people are making too much of this. See, it was an accident. She was drunk. Was just grabbing things to hit him with. Too drunk to realize it was the baby she'd picked up used as a weapon. She feels real bad about it now.
Gosh. Well. Thanks, Dad of the Year! It just makes the entire scenario so much more acceptable that this woman, with four young children in the house, was so drunk she couldn't tell the difference between her one month old baby and, say, a lamp.
And not only was she so drunk she was using her baby as a blunt object, she was beating her baby's daddy in front of the other three children.
This is why people grow up without much of a chance. This is the environment they live in. Middle class, relatively well educated people get all horrified when a story like this makes it through their life-is-wonderful bubble (and they should, not saying they shouldn't) but, WAKE THE FUCK UP PEOPLE!
THIS IS HOW MILLIONS OF CHILDREN IN OUR COUNTRY LIVE EVERY DAY!
And you wonder why kids are doing drugs, drinking, shooting up schools, dropping out, getting pregnant, going no where.
It's the kids that are raised in these environments. And we, as a society that claims to care about our children (call me a crazy bleeding heart liberal, but I always thought that to mean ALL children, not just our personal children), should not be tolerating this.
It has been proven that at-risk moms and children who receive intensive personalized assistance, in-home visits by social workers or nurses trained in child development, who attend parenting classes that provide developmental and nutritional teaching through the first three years of a child's life do better.
There is less abuse. Moms tend to finish their educational goals. Children are ready for school and come to the classroom with less emotional damage so they are capable of learning. They have received proper nutrition during the first three brain-forming years so are not intellectually stunted.
How about $100,000 a minute for these programs instead of that same amount being spent on this war in Iraq?
Or let's just say it: We only care about OUR children. Not their children. They shouldn't have them if they can't take care of them.
Well, you know, I agree, people shouldn't have children they aren't ready to care for, but you know what? They do. Those kids are here. Are we going to continue to allow abuse and poverty to condemn these children to repeat the cycle over and over again? Or are we going to get off our fat wallets and put our money where our mouths are and fund these projects?
Here is a thought: By age three, brain function and social function is pretty much set, influenced greatly by nutrition and the environment, especially the type of parenting received. Age three. Before Headstart.
Thor sez: Guess what I am? America, turning it's head the other way!