Zero room for half-witted childrearing

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Zero room for half-witted childrearing

Post by FrankGSterleJr » Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:04 pm

More B.C. youth report violence at home: report

That’s a big issue. A lot of youth don’t feel safe at home. Having parents that are home and having support, just with everything, with school, with their choice in jobs ... feeling like your parents care about you, and feeling loved. — Sarah
Problems at home are increasingly contributing to the struggles of vulnerable youth — whether it’s running away, being kicked out, suffering abuse at home or just not getting along with parents, more youth are reporting these issues as factors to their lifestyle.
The information comes from the McCreary Centre Society’s survey of 681 youth in B.C. — surveys were conducted in 2014 — published on Thursday. The data was compared to a previous, similar survey conducted in 2006 with about the same number of teens.
What it found suggested things have taken a turn for the worse as more teens are reporting it is problems at home — whether foster or traditional — that pushed them go to the streets.
The findings show 45% of youth left because they didn’t get along with parents (versus 29% in 2006), 43% were kicked out of the home (compared to 22%), 40% ran away (compared to 23%), and 24% felt there was violence or abuse at home (compared to 15%).
Annie Smith, executive director at McCreary, said her organization is trying to figure out what’s changed.
“There was a significant rise in violence and abuse at home ... we need to intervene and help families earlier, and offer that support earlier, before young people end up homeless,” she said.
“Two-thirds have moved back home after they’ve been first kicked out. How do we intervene and stop that cycle?”
To study the data, Smith has recruited a team of youth to create workshops that invite teens to explain their circumstances by asking questions through activities like role playing, trivia and presentations.
The work is done, in part, to identify gaps in services that could make their lives easier.
One youth researcher, 23-year-old Sarah, said on Thursday she, too, has experienced being kicked out of her home.
It happened when she was 14.
“It’s just problems at home. My parents use drugs, they just weren’t really home and I didn’t have anyone to look after me,” said Sarah, who didn’t want her last name used.
After being on her own under a youth agreement for a few years, she found a supportive foster family. After that, the hardest part was adjusting to adult life.
“I felt safe, I felt like they cared about me ... they gave me a lot of chances, they didn’t just kick me out. They didn’t give up.”
The workshops are expected to take place this fall.

(July 24, 2015, 24 Hours)


Considering the greatly-wanting state of our corporeal existence on spaceship Earth it’s no wonder one-who-gives-a-damn can get a bit of an anxiety rush when seeing the number of third-trimester pregnant women walking about town or the local mall, often enough already accompanied by an infant or two. One can only hope that the expectant mother (and also hope Dad’s around to progressively assist her as an equal in the proper childrearing) has almost all or at least the large majority of her parenting capabilities psychologically functional, considering the human units of potential significant sentience she’s carrying within.
The most crucial aspect of parental rearing of offspring, particularly up till the age of six, involves that of their children’s psychological well-being and functionality as well as that of the physical, both at home and especially while desiring to harmoniously blend into society. Meanwhile, as educators across Canada are adamantly urging that money management be taught to children as early as elementary school, completely ignored is the far greater need to introduce into senior secondary classes basic child psychology. Yes, obviously some students will skip such classes—e.g. “Why should I give a f— about that kind of crap? I always make sure she’s using birth control,” etcetera—but since potential parents will likely never be forced into becoming ‘fully licensed’ at mentally-sound childrearing, such high school classes would be the closest thing to mandatory basic child-psychology lessons as we’ll ever get.
If society wants functional youth—and therefore eventual mentally-functional teens who become socially crucial taxpaying adults—it only makes sense to establish and implement high-school curriculum that includes courses, or even one course, on (at least) basic child psychology and rearing that would be engaged in Grade(s) 11 and/or 12. One of the primary cases in point in such a course would be that yelling and especially screaming at your kids is totally antithetical to rearing mentally and emotionally functional children. Thus, such pre-emptive education would at least somewhat prepare our young people regarding the offspring they may bear one day, especially in regards to mostly common-sense yet crucial lessons such as never to lose their composure when it comes to dealing with such fragile, malleable minds.

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Re: Zero room for half-witted childrearing

Post by Impenitent » Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:02 pm

at least you don't want to confiscate the newborns and have government specialists select and program the best ones


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