What's tickling my ears? Eminem: Cleaning Out My Closet
There are days when I seriously wonder what the future is going to be.
Not my future, but the future of my child and her peers.
Whitney Houston once sang that she believed our 'children are the future'.
If that is truly the case, shouldn't each parent strive to give their children every possible benefit they'd need to make their, and in turn our, future strong and bright?
Why is it then, so many children go without the proper love and guidance they so desperately want and require?
Why is it harder to get a driver's license than it is to become a parent?
Why are there so many child abusers getting away with bruising their children both physically and mentally?
Why is it still so hard to protect the innocents from the horrors, and traumatic experiences they suffer at the hands of an abusive mother, father or caregiver?
Abuse and neglect come in many forms. You never have to lift a hand to your child to injure them, to beat them. All it takes is casual disregard or negative words, and it can be as damaging as a physical slap.
The worth of a true parent doesn't have to come from what you can buy your child, but from what you give them of yourself.
Your time, patience, love, understanding, and forgiveness.
A true parent puts their child's wants and needs before their own.
Take this story for instance.
"I don't know what to do, Jess. Val's been acting up, not listening, and I'm at the end. I can't deal with it anymore."
Jess sighed. She'd heard this before. "Why don't you let her come here for the summer. She could stay with her uncle and I, and you could have some time to relax."
"It's just too expensive to buy a plane ticket. We can't do that."
She logged onto her laptop and brought up a site specializing in inexpensive flights. "A round trip ticket is only two hundred dollars. I'll cover half, and it won't be so bad. It's what's best for your daughter. She'll have responsibility, and a chance to be away for a while. It won't be a vacation, but you'll both get the space you need."
"No... We can't afford that. She'll just have to get over her attitude. Her father and I are going to buy a new seventy-two inch flat screen, entertainment center, and surround sound soon. It's more important for us to put away that hundred bucks than waste it on a ticket for that ungrateful brat."
Too often parents consider it more important to have the newest, most exciting and expensive toys, than to put that want off until their children were happier, healthier, or safer.
This behavior isn't the only sign of bad parenting.
Bad parenting also appears when you show negativity towards your child. Calling them stupid, or dumb, or worthless--it's abuse, and eventually will have an equally negative affect on the child.
Nobody is a perfect parent, but being a positive role model who puts their children's happiness and well being before their own needs and wants is a good start.
Showing you love them, and making sure you say the words is just as important as providing a roof over their heads, and enough food to nourish their bodies.
I love you.
Three little words.
Powerful. Healing. Empowering.
As long as you truly mean them and back them up with your actions.
Every day I make sure I tell my daughter I love her. I make sure she gets hugs and kisses whenever possible, and no matter what, I never show negative actions towards her. She will never hear anything except loving and positive words from me.
She will get every opportunity to thrive in a happy and loving environment, to become the best she can be. No matter what that is.
I believe my daughter is the future.
I will teach her and let her lead the way.
I will give her all the love she needs to go out on her own and be strong.
She will never have to walk in anyone's shadow.
She will never have to be afraid to talk to me, because she will know she is loved.
Love your children, and teach them how to love themselves and others.
It's the greatest gift of all.
**I am not a psychologist, but I am a parent. I may not have a fancy degree, but I know what it feels like to not be shown love...and what it feels like to show it to my daughter.