Build Strong Children & Avoid Broken Adults
“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”, said Frederick Douglas more than 150 years ago. Today he would add women. He would know that children are born with millions of disconnected brain cells and that most cells connect in the first five years of life. These connections don’t just happen. The full attention of parents, teachers, and caretakers is required so the infant can become a strong child who can cope with kindergarten and beyond.
U.S. preschool children are neglected in comparison to those in most “developed countries”. We put our youngest citizens at risk of neglect and abuse in unlicensed childcare situations that are not inspected. Our republican government thinks nothing of deporting parent(s) and leaving citizen children behind, perhaps without care. Conservatives are reluctant to vote for health care for all pregnant women, mothers and children. Nor do they vote for living wages. Apparently, republicans do not value healthy families or the healthy development of our children. Voters who care must raise a louder voice. Sign up for email alerts at Promise The Children.
To learn more about infants and preschool children, have a look at The Raising of America. You will find a series of 5 documentaries that clarify the importance of advocacy for quality childcare and early education. Also clarified is that trauma can cause a child to experience traumatic stress disease that is similar to the experience of our veterans.
* The importance of parent(s) or caretaker interacting with a baby with smiles, laughter, touch, play and conversation,
* The importance of licensed pre-schools or programs offering age appropriate activities that encourage a child focus and gain emotional control,
* Our failed opportunity to initiate childcare and pre-school education for all in 1971,
* The successful childcare offered in our military and in more than 30 “developed countries”, and
* Dealing with the trauma caused by war, poverty, neglect, abuse and more.
Growing infants and preschoolers need regular and focused attention from an adult. They also need activities that are appropriate to their age. They need help in learning to focus and control their emotions. This can be provided to all our children by an alert parent or a trained caregiver in a licensed and inspected caregiving situation. Please, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.