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Children: The Hope of Our Future in a Few Short Paragraphs?

Updated on May 6, 2016
Allowing other cultures to undermine our values puts our children in the recycle bins of nations who have histories far different from ours.
Allowing other cultures to undermine our values puts our children in the recycle bins of nations who have histories far different from ours. | Source

Are we Valuing or Shelving our Children?


Do we value children as our most valuable resource or do we shelve them until we think we have time for them?


• What are we doing with and for our children's futures considering that they are our most valuable renewable resource?

• Are we preparing them for life or are we setting them aside while putting our focus elsewhere?


• What are we teaching the about their past and their future--truth or fiction?


• How will what they are currently being taught about themselves and the world make them respond to their futures?


• Why do we think that what we hope for our children's futures can be accomplished in the face of the subtle messages or various cultures without our intervention?


What are we Inadvertently Teaching Children About Themselves?

Comparing the article titled “Child” on Wikipedia with its article on whales makes one wonder who thinks whales are going to attend to the future. I happen to think that leopards are really splendid animals. I could even say I love and respect them. However, I am not depending on them to solve problems related to aging or sort out issues between nations that have been at war with each other since their inceptions.

Will the Children of the Future have any Idea of what Their Life Should be Like?

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Do We Value Our Children?
Do We Value Our Children? | Source
How Can The Value of Children Be Estimated?
How Can The Value of Children Be Estimated? | Source
Are Children Being Treasured As They Should Be?
Are Children Being Treasured As They Should Be? | Source
How Important Are Children?
How Important Are Children? | Source
Can We Value Children Enough?
Can We Value Children Enough? | Source

What I think about its article on frogs compared to the one on children is better left unsaid, after all, one stuffs the other in the pockets of their tiny, little jeans. Yet society, via Wikipedia, has devoted much more space to frogs than to children. Am I saying that frogs may not hold answers to questions scientists ask? Not at all. I’m just saying that no frog is going to grow up to be a scientist.

It was not a surprise to read that Holland is less child-centric than other European countries, yet it was surprising to read nothing about the way children have been/are being neglected and abused in Africa, Bangladesh, Belarus, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Iran, Haiti, Russia, Thailand, and Yugoslavia, to name a few. The obvious problem is not what the Wikipedia article says, it is what the article does not say.

While Wikipedia's article on the child touches on how the percentage of children with ADHD are hindered in the development of their social skills, there are a myriad of other difficulties that today’s children face which also impede socialization. Segregating children by age throughout their childhood, for instance, is not mentioned as one of those impediments even though the goal for children is responsible adulthood and age-segregation teaches 6-year-olds to act like 6-year-olds.

Wikipedia articles reflect the thinking of today’s society and such a short article on children (from the UN’s perspective no less) is an indication that Americans do not realize that our society is on the endangered species list. Because children are neglected, not protected, not nurtured, not taught the values that made America great, those who would degrade America in order to foster a different set of values in our children have had a good measure of success.

We allow other cultures to undermine our values and traditions by letting them impose acceptance and tolerance of their views on our children. Confusion then grips their moldable hearts and minds leaving them without stable footing. We have allowed ourselves to be first lulled and now shamed into accepting what we once knew would destroy us. America’s children are on the precipice of no return and there is not even a ripple on the surface of most people's consciousness.

There is a good deal to the concept of being American that we need to regain and be careful to pass on to our children. Rather than allowing them to be swallowed up by those who embrace the ideas that our founders fled from and fought against we have a responsibility to teach them truth about who they are.

Teach Children Values

Children Need us to Define them Correctly

Wikipedia defines a child as anyone in the developmental stage of childhood, between infancy and adulthood. It is amazing to read another article, though, that gives an apparent warning about disturbing the eggs of leatherback turtles when no defense of children in the womb is given in the U.N. article on children.

Human life is being devalued at every level in our society yet there seems to be an inability to relate that trivialization to infanticide, genocide, gendercide, euthanasia, and encouraged or even assisted suicide.We are seeing the consequences but not recognizing the causes.

Children murder and we mindlessly wonder why while every form of grotesque image is thrust upon them in their schools, stores, and even their homes. Children disconnect from helpful influence because we don’t take the responsibility for protecting their ears from ugly, unnatural sounds that induce selfishness.

Outrageous acts of violence and vileness are within the touch of a button yet we assert our rights to so-called entertainment while children are in desperate need of our guidance. The claim is that parents are too busy, but that claim begs a question. Too busy with what?

In a world that professes to focus on renewable resources our most valuable assets are being left unguarded at very young ages with predators who actively pursue them via television and the internet, in malls and in our schools. Corporately and individually, we don't do enough checking on their well-being.

Children are being dumbed down by those who push social agendas and they are taught to feed appetites rather than to develop character, making them more vulnerable to every kind of predator. The precious innocence that we love about children is being robbed from them at ever earlier ages. Our children are being hardened rather than valued and treasured in their environments.

Because they are not cherished and coached with an eye on America’s history our nation’s children do not know the way to the future they should have, to the future they have a right to. Deprived of their history and being fed a twisted version of the past that unfairly denigrates their roots, American children are wandering into adulthood at the mercy of a culture in the throes of survival.


Regaining History for Our Benefit
Regaining History for Our Benefit | Source

How can we Help Children Gain the Future that Should be Theirs?

Without a grip on the truth of America’s past our children are losing who they really are. Learning about other cultures is a fine thing, but lying about history in order to take over the culture of another country is not okay.

The children of our country are a valuable resource that Americans are letting slip through their fingers and bounce into the recycle bins of other cultures. It’s time to celebrate who we are, why we are Americans, and how we got the extreme privilege of being so.

Most importantly, we need to know and celebrate why people became Americans. Are we faulty? In a process? Do we still have room to grow and work to do?

Yes, yes, yes, but there is a great deal to the concept of being American that we need to regain and pass on to our children rather than allowing them to be swallowed up by those who embrace the ideas that our founders fled from and fought against.

Without a grasp of the concepts that our founders lived and died for our children's future is fair game to others. We can give our children more hope than that, surely.


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• Taking a look at real issues related to the needy and the homeless.

• What does traveling have to do with cats or people being thrown away?

• Who's actually looking out for the elderly's needs?

• Shouldn't victims of crime be protected in social network sites?

• Have you ever wondered what's so wrong with sheltering children?


Children are Valuable!

Do You Think Children Are A Valuable Resource?

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    • RTalloni profile image
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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      Thank you for taking the time to read and give consideration to this post, and for adding your comment to the dialogue. The note about how children are targeted because within a short period of time the work is done is so important to remember, and you are right about home educators. So appreciate your helping to continue this conversation!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What you have written is so very true. Rearing a child in the right manner is undoubtedly the greatest job on earth and should be approached in that manner. Too many children are left without strong guidance and without being taught strong moral values. Being left to figure out things by themselves, like a rudderless boat out in the ocean, oftentimes does not bode well for the future.

      Those who would like to destroy America often target the children because they know that within a very short period of time they will reap what they sow. I think that is why many parents are choosing to home school their children. They want to have more say in what influences their children at those vulnerable ages.

      I loved that last video! Very touching! Up votes and I'll definitely be sharing this!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Rebecca Furtado:

      So sorry--I certainly did not mean to leave the impression that wiki-anything could be read unchecked. All reports should be proved rather than taken at face value. I meant only to refer to it here as a reflection of the pulse of current thinking.

      We have tremendous examples of how hardship has formed great character in people who went on to do amazing things in life, so even if we could eliminate it I’m not so sure we should do so. You may mean hardship in the sense of having enough food and clothing, and if so, you are right, we can’t eliminate that problem. The reason we can’t has a lot to do with the causes.

      Government social programs have absurdly high failure rates and a clear record of making people dependent rather than independently able to care for themselves, so there’s not much in them that I can support, if anything. You might like to read my Perspectives on the Needy and the Homeless for more on that topic.

      Helping children, especially those in need, is everyone’s responsibility, but trying to deny that there is a right way to raise them doesn’t seem to be working out for society in general. There’s no hard and fast guarantee that every child given the opportunity will grow up to do right, but this hub is just a general look at the value current society places on young children.

      Thanks kindly for coming by.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      CraftytotheCore:

      Thanks for the positive feedback on this post. This was inspired accidentally, like a lot of my best hubs, but it still resonates with readers after all this time, and I thank you for visiting and commenting.

      I think we as a people want what is best for children, but too many self-deceived voices have side tracked what's important. Imagining the changes that could take place in this nation if little hearts and minds were taught that there is truth, and honesty and integrity and selflessness will take us farther than selfishness (instead of allowing popular culture to rule the day) is a mental picture that will continue to dim if we continue in the same path.

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      Rebecca Furtado 3 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      This is just another reason Wikimedia is not considered an academic source. We need a larger picture when it comes to children. There is no exact wrong way or right way to raise your children. Hardship does form character and we as a society can never completely eliminate it. However, we need to recognize it benefits all of us to have some vested interest in child centered social programs.. public and private..

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is a beautiful Hub! My favorite line is, "one stuffs the other in the pockets of their tiny, little jeans." That's classic RTalloni! Shared!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      moonlake:

      Thank you for your visit and feedback on this hub. I recently heard someone speak about the tragedy of how America's children have been deceived into thinking that our emotions should rule the day. It was interesting (but oh so sad) to think through the error of that concept.

      The parents you mention were right, but their child was not unique. We all have a mind of our own that needs training and nurturing with the knowledge and discipline that allows us to always grow and be strong in what is right and good! That situation reminds me of lines in a hymn that encourage us in the way of joy, "May the mind of Christ of Christ my Savior live in me from day to day…May the peace of God my Father rule my life…May the love of Jesus fill me as the waters fill the sea Him exalting…Looking only unto Jesus…"

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Great hub and you are so right about everything. I can't stand people who say "my child has a mind of his own." That saying is for children who have been rude and their parents are covering up for them.

      We once stopped by friend’s house and we were going to sit outside. The little girl jumped in a chair and her mother told her to give me the chair and go find another one for herself. She screamed “I’m not giving her my chair.” This kid was 10 and just rude. She stayed rude all her life and a problem child but according to her parents, “she had a mind of her own!” Voted up.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      ZipperConstantine:

      Thank you kindly for your feedback and for helping to highlight the topic of children's needs. I appreciate that you stopped by.

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      Zipper 4 years ago from United States

      You are an excellent writer and this is a great article which I totally agree with. Thank you.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Jo_Goldsmith11:

      I'm glad to know you found this interesting, and I understand about the difficulty of reading my hub on mother's who kill their children. It's a very difficult subject with related issues that are also difficult. My hope is that people will push through the difficulties and continue dialogue on the issues because not giving them the consideration we need to turns us into followers of what ever tide rolls in.

      Thank you very much for coming by and for your input!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

      I really like this topic on children. I couldn't handle finish reading your one about children being killed. Well, you have many great thoughts which are reflective and insightful. I wish we could follow your example more than this world seems to care to. Voted up and shared. hugs! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      skylergreene:

      "But still" indeed! :)

      Thanks so much for your input that comes with a wide range of experience. Appreciate your visit!

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      skylergreene 5 years ago

      As someone who mentors kids on a regular basis, I completely understand and agree with your point.

      I'm involved in several educational programs, both in-classroom and out-of-classroom. You'd be surprised how intelligent kids can be -- and no, I don't just mean the "genius" ones -- when they're treated with the same respect as adults. Saying "kids will be kids" often consigns them to the fate of being viewed as "just kids."

      Of course, you can't swing the pendulum too far the other way and expect them to be entirely adults. Putting too much pressure on them can burn them out. But still.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks kindly for your comment! I appreciate your coming by and highlighting the topic by adding to this dialogue.

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      Carolina 6 years ago from Switzerland

      This is an interesting topic and you made this good, an awareness for parents and society.

      Children needs moral and psycholigical guidance as they grow and expose themselves to the world. They have to feel selfsecure going out exploring their environment. It is at home where the child begins to develop these strong abilities of which parents have to have time to support the children. Thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hello, Virginia! So appreciate that you stopped in and commented for its good to see the concepts highlighted. If a dialogue is going on important topics others have the opportunity to think them through. Thanks so much!

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      v_kahleranderson 6 years ago from San Jose, California

      Hello!

      A perfect hub, an important subject, too, RTalloni. This hub talks about what has been lingering in my heart and mind for some time now. I've noticed that no matter what age our children are, and mine are all grown, they could still use a little guidance and protection.

      Thank you,

      ~Virginia

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for stopping by, as well as for helping keep the dialogue going by leaving a comment. Highlighting important issues by interacting through comments is a great way to inspire others to give some attention to them! Thanks again!

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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      So much is going on in society with our children today - this brings alot to light. Our children need guidance and protection from others and themselves.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for stopping in and for both commenting and voting up, as well. The last "holiday" season we just went through reminded me of all that little ones are exposed to and yet our nation wonders what is wrong with our children... sad business, but we can step and speak up. Thanks for helping to highlight this concern and the input about it!

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      Donna Oliver 6 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Excellent article, I agree our children are our future.

      You touched on a important subject! Voted you up.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Well put! Thanks much for stopping by and sharing your input, as well as highlighting the dialogue!

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      Karen Metz 7 years ago from Michigan

      My husband and I believe that children are blessings from God and we treat them as such. It does make a difference in how they are being raised. On the other hand, we get so many negative comments because we have so many children. In those comments you can tell that people believe that children are time, emotional and financial burdens. I agree with your hub that it is high time America wakes up and realize that children are our future.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      So glad it echoed your heart! Thanks very much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      This is a subject near and dear to my heart. Thanks for the great hub!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much for helping to keep the dialogue open by reading the hub and leaving a comment.

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      excellent articles and so true. So many children are running their parents lives with what they want and the parents are not guidling them as you have said. So sad. thanks for writing

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for stopping in and leaving kind comments, especially because it helps keep the dialogue going!

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      HubMania 7 years ago from India

      It doesn't matter whether it is in Wikipedia or not. But one thing is sure. You have laid it out in the best way. Love this hub. Because love this topic. Thanks again.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Greetings from the sunny Southern USA!

      Thank you for reading this hub and for your kind comments.

      Btw, my husband enjoyed your weather videos. Thanks again!

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      meteoboy 7 years ago from GREECE

      Really, it was a little difficult to me to understand easy all these perfect statements. But finally , is a great job. Thank you for this. Greetings from Hellas.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you kindly, both for stopping by and for your comments. May this be the year we all make a difference in a child's life.

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      Stan Fletcher 7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      This is so good! If only more people felt this way. Thanks for stating so many of our thoughts so eloquently.