Tuesday 15 April 2014

Protecting our Children

100 Days of Happiness - Day 34

I seriously hope all this exercise I have been doing this week actually does something. My legs are sore and I am exhausted. Today I mowed the lawns...we have a decent size hard it took over an hour before I was itching and sneezing everywhere. In the end I didn't actually finish, the sneezing and itchy was getting too much and the people walking down the street were looking at me like I was a crazy lady. Aarahi finished off the last little bit when he got home. The freshly mowed lawns made me pretty happy today.

While I was in town today I was sitting down having a rest. There were three young girls sitting behind me, I could hear everything they were saying. They were 12, 10 and 9. They had been sitting there maybe 5 mins and a few young boys came a long. By the looks of the boys I would say they were around 14 or so. The boys began asking the girls how much money they had and if they wanted to earn some money. To cut a long story short these boys were offering the girls $20 to do sexual favours for them. I was shocked. I really couldn't believe what I just heard. I listened a little longer to the girls standing their ground. I was proud of them. They boys still weren't backing down though. I got up and turned around, looked at them and they soon left. Maybe they didn't think I was listening or whatever. I stayed by the girls until their mum came back to them. They began telling their mum what had happened.

The whole scenario keeps playing in my mind. If I could go back I would probably act a bit differently. Is this what is happening to our young girls these days? What are we doing as adults to make sure they don't fall into these kinds of traps. Are we raising our children to be able to come to us if anything like this should happen to them?

Now more than ever we need to teach our girls virtue and value in themselves. If we don't teach them who will? Where ever you look these days there are half dressed women on billboards, TV, magazines,walking down the street even. If our children are seeing these images day in and day out we shouldn't be surprised when they want to look and act like that too. As parents we need to be stronger that all of that. We need to protect our children, we need to teach them true beauty and true value. They need to know their bodies are sacred and not for parading around for everyone to see.

We must not forget our boys. Everything they are told and led to believe is that they have no control of themselves. Pornography is not ok in any form. I do not agree with it, I never have and never will. It destroys homes and families. It does not teach our boys self control but self indulgence. We must teach our boys to honour women and respect their virtue. Girls are not something to be lusted over.

Teaching our children these kinds of things is not something reserved for once they hit puberty. We need to start from the day they are born. Promote and encourage modesty in your home. As husband and wife be good examples of how you would want your children to treat those of the opposite sex. If children don't see it in the home they are less likely to do it outside of the home. These are just a few examples but I think the most important is to make sure there is an open dialogue within the family and with parents. Be careful not to make it  too hard for them to come to you.

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