Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Voices for Children
Whatever my motives, the training has brought me a better understanding of children who face daily problems at home. Various types of abuse, poverty, neglect, drug and alcohol abuse, and a litany of other troubles create a home life that is both depressing and dangerous for kids. Children from these families respond in as many ways as there are personalities. Often blaming themselves, their guilt and fear and anger may go in any direction. I know of kids who turn all of it inward, essentially denying themselves any happiness or success. Another response is to strike out at the people around them, feeling better, however briefly, for releasing their frustrations.
Today, we have daily shows and articles describing ways to make our children smarter, safer, cleaner, happier, and more fulfilled. The differences between these well-loved kids and those who struggle to find food each day is so profound it is difficult to consider. Maybe the lucky ones, like me, will reach out to less-fortunate children. Whether it's out of guilt, compassion, or simple kindness, I don't really care, because in my county alone there are dozens of kids in foster care who need someone to speak for them. I only hope I can do it right.