Oh Kathryn, don't get me on my soap box. I am sooo tired of hearing about "baby mama" and "baby daddy" sperm donors. The purpose of having children is NOT to have someone to love you. Then when multiple fathers are involved the plot thickens.
In this politically correct world, getting serious means "moving in" together. This is why it is hard for kids in the inner city to learn. They have more on their minds when they come to school that cannot be compartmentalized until the school day is over. Who comes to the parent night, back to school night, assemblies, etc.
Hi Diane. Thanks for your stand.. on yer soap box.
Here is what I am proposing: If MEN understood how their responsible committed behavior could benefit the future of society and the world, they might willingly CHOOSE to control the biological promptings of their hormones. This makes sense to me. Empowering themselves and guaranteeing a truly hopeful and joyful future would be a win-win for both themselves and society. Right?
For teenagers, hormones speak louder than words. I do take the risk and talk to them about the cycle of poverty they create by planning to get a "county" check, food stamps and WIC.
When kids don't come from a family, they are often unable to relate to a well structured family unit. All they know is what they do. When they don't venture outside their neighborhoods, they think it is cool for pants to sag and talk stupid. School field trips provided the needed awareness when there was money. However, there is no money for trips. The emphasis is on passing exams that they are not prepared for because of their pasts. If is easier to stay up than to have to catch up.
Those teachers who changed the tests were between a rock and a hard place.
If men want empowerment, all they have to do is look within. They don't have to impress anyone of their power. They already have it. They can tap into it. We need to help them toward the worthy goal of establishing self-mastery. This ability does start in school through appropriate education. It has to do with understanding the big picture of what it takes to thrive in this world. It is becoming more and more crucial for all American citizens, myself included, to ignore their little small pitiful selves and find the hidden tigers within them.
Thank you Kathryn! It is possible to encourage them. The problem is that there are just so many of them and you can't reach all of them. Facebook helps me keep track of former students. So I'm able continue to encourage some after school.
You are sooo right! We all have to do what we can to encourage and help others.
Or, they should just stay home anyway, and make the children their priority. If the father can't make enough to support the family, then they need to rethink having kids they can't afford in the first place.
Yes. My thought is this. The father really needs to be committed to his decisions to start a family. If he is willing to take responsibility for what he has caused to happen, all will be fine. I think this willingness to take responsibility provides a solid foundation. It gets down to intention.
Condoms are not proper protection. 1% chance of pregnancy is too much chance of pregnancy. Why is this so hard to comprehend? Our society is just too permissive in my opinion. We need freedom within boundaries. Not just running-amok freedom. No sex until you are married… or at least engaged!
Children are very expensive. No one thinks of this in the beginning. Why is this? One can become quite wealthy as long as one stays out of debt and doesn't have the expense of children and/or pets. If I were a man, I would become wealthy first. My grandfather married a wealthy woman to become wealthy. Was this a good thing? Did he love her?
Of course not. But some people, probably most, will have sex because the urge to is just so strong. They know they could get pregnant, but they set that aside and don't worry about it temporarily. It's pretty strong, don't you think? Especially with the young. They take more risks than a more experienced older person..
The urge to procreate is strong, because our need to pass on our genes is what drives evolution.
And I still think freely distributing condoms to college students encourages uncommitted, irresponsible decision making. Mature, older adults need to encourage the younger ones to take avenues of personal happiness and success... not despair and anguish.
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