Thursday, January 31, 2008

Come on People!

I'm absolutely outraged! I know I shouldn't be surprised anymore...people do terrible things. They have been doing terrible things since Adam and Eve lied in the Garden of Eden and they will continue to do terrible things until Christ's return. But let's use a little bit of brains here! In the past 2 weeks I have been really distressed about stories I have read in the news that involve small children. The first was about a father who threw his children off a bridge, all 4 of them under the age of 5. The second was of a mother who left her 6 kids (and 2 others) ranging in age from 1 to 15 alone for a month while she went off to Africa to marry someone she met online. And finally the father who got drunk, took his 2 little ones out in nothing more than a diaper and t-shirt onto the prairie in more than freezing temperatures, the police who found the man did not know about the children for 8 hours, and by that time , it was too late.
You know what? Children are a responsibility! They cannot take care of themselves. They depend on us. We need to take care of all of their basic needs, physical, social, emotional, spiritual...until that time when they are ready to do it for themselves. When you make the decision to have children, that is a life altering decision that you will be responsible for for the rest of your life (yes, I know generally people say 18 years here, but it is a rest of your life type thing).
We live in a day and age where birth control is readily available...if you don't want to have children, plan for it and don't have them! If you have them and you believe that you cannot meet their needs, there are people who would love to adopt them that cannot have children themselves.
Parenting is a lot of work with no breaks. I understand that, I have children! Ask for help if you need it!
I'm going to stop here, because I really could rant and rant and rant about this for a long time.
Please! Take care of your children! They depend on you!

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