2009-02-20 / Letters

Know Even More Facts

The following letter is written in response to JD Smith's letter, which was posted in the January 30 edition of The Wave. Dear Editor,

I do agree with you 100 percent. By the time children enter the school system, they should have learned to

Letters respect others as well as themselves and obey rules.

Although, this is true, there is also another side. You have to be broad minded and look at things overall and from all angles.

This reminds me of the article I had written for The Wave on October 21, 2005, "It Takes a Village to Raise a Family."

Unfortunately, every child isn't so lucky to have loving parents who take time and patience out for him or her.

Some children are at home being physically, sexually, and even verbally abused and are too scared to say anything. Nine out of 10 times, it's an outsider who sees the signs and reports it to the proper authority.

Some children are from broken homes, their parents are out running around on drugs and they are left to raise themselves and in some cases their siblings as well.

Let's not forget our children who are stuck in the system (foster or group homes). Those children at times are moved from one foster home to the next, feeling like no one wants them. Quite a few people take on a foster child just for the money, not for the child.

Most of these kids don't get respect so they don't know how to give it. In their minds ""no one cares about me, so I don't care about nobody."

So you see, JD Smith, all with the world isn't perfect and every family isn't perfect.

So think about all the facts and while you do that, read this: "Children Learn What they Live." If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn; if children live with hostility, they learn to fight; if children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty; if children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient; if children live with encouragement, they learn to have confidence; if children live with fairness, they learn to feel justice; if children live with security, they learn to be have faith; if children live with approval, they learn to like themselves; and if children live with acceptance and friendship, they learn to feel loved.
CYNTHIA SMALLS-WILLIAMS

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