No matter what form of prayer you practice, or who you pray it to, this is the type of news that will test you.
*Every day we report something new, we find that the world is in need of a complete mental evaluation and/or overhaul.
The latest incident is reportedly out of Cuba, where a mother is seen restraining her toddler for a tattoo, according to Fox News.
The child is screaming repeatedly in terror and of course squirming around, but, she is holding him tight.
*The worst possible crime has to be one committed by a child.
An intense break down in the mental capability of a child to function properly in society from an elemental level should send a red flag to the parents of the child.
It’s possible that deviant behavior in a child has been brought on by someone who cares for the child. If the child’s behavior is not a direct result of failed instruction, then the responsible thing to do is to seek medical assistance for the child before he can be of harm to him or herself or others early in their development.
In the case of the 9-year old daycare terrorist you are about to witness, not only has his guardian or parent dropped the ball, but the head of the daycare needs her ass whooped from Delaware to San Francisco. The surveillance video in the Kiddie City Childcare Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi, is completely disturbing because it is a nine-year old on the video attacking toddlers throughout the daycare. (more…)
*There are some really good people in the world and they are not properly acknowledged.
The feel good stories are not plentiful enough, so we are going to blast a great one coming out of China. Finally, we can talk about a child being saved rather than attacked.
A little boy in Guangzhou, China is noticed hanging by his head from his parent’s four-story apartment building by a neighbor in the apartment below. (more…)
*(Via Yahoo News) – The one-year-old boy who was shot in the head during the filming of a rap music video in Oakland was taken off life support Friday.
Hiram Lawrence, who would have turned 2 on Dec. 28, was pronounced dead at 3:05 p.m., the Rev. Roosevelt Taylor said.
The boy’s family had held out hope that he would show some brain activity, but doctors at Children’s Hospital Oakland concluded after multiple tests that he was brain dead from the injuries he suffered in the shooting on November 28.
Outside the hospital, the boy’s mother, Brittany Houston called for an end to the city’s violence.
“The shootings need to end. I shouldn’t have to lose my baby to a gunshot,” Houston said Friday while surrounded by Hiram’s father, family and clergy members.
Houston showed off a tiny ink footprint of her son on her right forearm as a tribute.
“This is how I’m going to have to remember my baby because somebody wanted to start shooting,” Houston said. “I’ve got to be strong for my baby. He fought for 11 days.”
Read/learn MORE at Yahoo News.
When a co-worker said she didn’t want her third-grader to walk the quarter-mile to school and back and she planned to change her work schedule just to be available to drop him off and pick him up, I thought something must be wrong with the child: mentally or physically disabled, maybe. As a first-grader I used to walk at least five miles after school to my grandmother’s house everyday. Okay, it was decades ago and a lot has changed since then, but surely an eight-year-old can handle such a short distance. And then she told me why she rarely lets her son out of her sight.
Last week in Texas two elementary school boys were walking to their first day of school with their mother when their estranged father forced them into his car and later drowned the boys. That same week in Delaware a pediatrician was convicted of 24 counts of abuse, including 14 counts of rape, for sexually assaulting his toddler patients.
Police discovered his crimes after a two-year-old girl who was left alone with the doctor during her exam told her mother that he hurt her. It wasn’t the first complaint against the doctor. But this time police showed up with a search warrant and found videotaped evidence of his crimes.
These are the kinds of stories that let me know childhood isn’t what it used to be, and neither are some of the trusted adults in their lives. Sadly this father and doctor won’t be the last to harm when they should have been protecting. And what’s worse is even those parents who manage to prevent their children from becoming victims are doing so at a great cost.
If a child isn’t allowed to roam his neighborhood unsupervised and find his way home or walk a few blocks from school he probably won’t be able to understand a map or develop a sense of direction; if a child never has the experience of being a latch-key kid she might never develop the time management skills needed to complete homework, her household chores and get dinner started before her parents arrive home from work; and if a child has to question every touch from a doctor or a teacher his sense of trust and discernment might deceive him when it matters most.
As children we never realize how our maturity is impacted through these normal activities. And if children aren’t allowed to experience them we are stunting their critical thinking skills and doing them a disservice that could carryover into adulthood.
Steffanie Rivers is a freelance journalist. Send your comments, questions and appearance inquiries to Steffanie at