Sounding the Alarm Part 2

It is unfortunate that in our society today, it takes at least two incomes to support a family. That means absentee parents, and children who are left in the care of an older sibling or just to themselves. Often we cannot afford to pay someone to care for our children while they are alone and we are at work.

Then we have single-parent families, which usually means that single parent has almost no time for the children. The children then are left feeling unimportant and unloved. They may seek affection and caring from other sources, which can lead to very severe problems.

I made some typos in part one of this series. Prayer and church attendance are NOT enough to ensure the safety of our children. NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES, WE MUST FIND WAYS TO WATCH OVER AND PROTECT THEM. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Sit down with your child and go over some safety rules about not trusting ANYONE too much. A family member, close friend, neighbor, teacher, anyone has the potential of molesting your child, regardless of gender. We live in a perverted society. It even happens in church groups because no one is perfect, not even Christians. And not everyone who goes to church is a Christian. Some people are just religious. Some people go to church because they are depressed and want to feel better. Some people go to church just because they were raised to do so. There are many other reasons, but you get the picture.
  • Make sure you have a good relationship with your child/children so that they feel they can come to you if someone does mistreat them. Also, know your child well enough to know if they are making it up to get attention, or if they are lying because they are mad at someone and wants to get them in trouble. But ALWAYS be willing to listen. Be willing to check out the accusation, even if you think that person would never do such a thing. We generally trust too easily, too quickly. We never know what’s in another person’s mind. Be sure to emphasize to your child that no matter what threat they have been given to keep them quiet, it is a scare tactic and that it is your job to protect them. Make sure the child understands the importance of NOT BEING AFRAID to tell you about it if does happen, regardless of who the perpetrator is.
  • Give your child/children instructions on what to do if someone does molest or hurt them in any way: a neighbor or friend to contact, how to get in touch with you while you are at work. If someone molests them they need to dial 9-1-1 at the first opportunity and give as much detail as possible to the authorities and have the authorities contact you at work.
  • If your child/children are home alone while you are at work, have them stay inside, play quietly, no loud TV or music, and lock the door, and keep it locked until you return home.
  • Teach them what to do in case of fire.
  • Check out your child’s friends and families. Don’t let them stay with just anyone. It would be better if the child’s friends came to your house so you can check on them, and know what’s going on. When you visit other families, check on your child often. You never know what goes on behind closed doors, with an adult or another child. Most children are molested by someone in the family, or close to the family. Don’t let yourself wear blinders. I know from personal experience that a child who has been molested often carries the emotional scars for the rest of their lives and their lives are filled with bad decisions, resentment, and bitterness that only God can heal.

 

 

Christian Clothing

Today is promotion day. I’m too busy with grandkids, getting ready to teach VBS in a couple of weeks, preparing SS lessons, and getting our motorhome ready to roll on Aug. 1 to write a real blog post right now. So I’m helping some friends promote their businesses. Hope that’s okay because these are businesses that I feel would appeal to a wide demographic.

This business is one I recently discovered and was very impressed. Kids-Teens-Moms-Unlimited is a clothing/accessory store owned by Dinah and Joseph Coppage and run by two savvy Christian ladies who really know their business. The store is located in Elba, Alabama. The store is available online as well as from the street. It is in a shopping center on highway 203. They accept phone orders and will ship anywhere. One of the ladies said she has been in this business for over twenty years, and if you give her your “real” pant size, she can get the right size for you in the rest of your clothing.

There is jewelry, hair clips/bows/headbands, etc. There are handbags, shoes, boots, backpacks, flip-flops. There are billowy, blousy tops, leggings, tee-shirts, belts, shawls, cover-ups. Just about anything you could want at reasonable prices and friendly service. If you stop in the store they will chat with you and make you feel like a long-lost friend.

Here’s the link:

Kids Unlimited

email: kunlimited@alaweb.com

 

Children At Play–a new poem by me

Johnny and Judy got up one day,

The day started in the usual way;

They got up, got dressed, and went out to play.

Their mom called them for breakfast;

They sat down to pray—

They bowed their heads and closed their eyes,

But neither of them knew what to say.