How Could A Parent Not Take Care Of Their Child?
In my profession as a firefigher / paramedic, I see many different bad family situations. I have been in households that were filthy, roaches crawling over my boots, and in some that were barely standing. I am a firm believer that it is not the house that makes the home, but you can get a general idea how people live their life by how they take care of their house.
On my way home from work this evening, coming out of a store, I was parked next to a young mother and her 2 children. The mother was leaving the children, both of which looked to be under 6, in the car alone while she went inside. Her oldest child was crying to go in with her, but the mother said, "NO! You don't even have a shirt or shoes on!" The sad part was not that the mother had said no, but that in 30 degree weather she decided to take her child out without a shirt or shoes and then leave them in the car while she went inside. Granted, I know there are families that cannot afford simple things I take granted, but they were sitting in a 2 year old $25,000 car.
As I sat in my truck, waiting for the mother to come back out to her children before I left, I thought about my own children and couldn't imagine any situation that would cause me to treat them that way. A simple point of view would be that the mother did not love her children, which, although possible, is not probable. I think the underlying problem is that our society has become focussed on ME. We have become so consumed by what I can gain, what I can accomplish, or what I have that we have devalued all others as far as how we see them.
What do you think causes these issues and why does it seem to be getting worse every year? Worse yet, how do we change our society and refocus on the things that are truly important?
- 5 Children die every day from abuse
- Most Child deaths from mistreatment are not listed as such
- Over a third of all women in prison were abused as a child
- About two thirds of those in drug rehab were abused as a child