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The future of our children depends on us : What do children need the most ??

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PiJo:
           

What do children need the most ??

Love, a Lot!,
respect,
to play,
to have fun,
to be seen,
to be listened to,
your presence,
a hero,
a fostered sense of wonder,
lots of hugs,
to play,
the chance to make mistakes,
encouragement to try again,
room to grow dreams,
privacy,
to be told yes,
to be trusted,
affection,
guidance,
to play.



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We believe that every child has the right :

    To be loved, cherished, and supported
    To be treated with respect and dignity
    To receive responsible care and to be handled with kindness
    To be encouraged and nurtured emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually
    To have their physical needs adequately met, including nutrition, housing, and medical care
    To receive a good education that provides competence and empowers them to be self-sufficient
    To be taught good values and morals to guide them in life
    To be taught boundaries and self-discipline
    To be empowered to realize their full potential
    To be prepared for the responsibilities and challenges of adulthood
    To develop their individuality
    To be treated fairly and justly, without discrimination
    To be in a safe environment; to be protected from harm and danger



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Famous Quotes :

Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach.
W. E. B. Du Bois 1868 - 1963

I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside.
Whitney Houston

Always smile back at little children.
To ignore them is to destroy their belief that the world is good.
Pam Brown  1948

Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they're asleep.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us; our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.
Albert Einstein

It used to be believed that the parent had unlimited claims on the child and rights over him. In a truer view of the matter, we are coming to see that the rights are on the side of the child and the duties on the side of the parent.
William Graham Sumner

Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be
David Bly

Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.
Denis Waitley

Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
Robert Fulghum

In the end, it's not what you do for your children but what you've taught them to do for themselves.
Ann Landers

Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children.
Walt Disney

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.
Crazy Horse

Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Jesse Jackson

What I’ve realized is that life doesn’t count for much unless you’re willing to do your small part to leave our children — all of our children — a better world. Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.
Barack Obama

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Frederick Douglass

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.
Abigail Van Buren

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Ronald Reagan

Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.
Bob Keeshan

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.
Denis Waitley

Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends.
Chanakya

The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'
Maria Montessori

Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
Anne Sullivan

A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.
Agatha Christie 1890 - 1976

When your child is talking ...Turn the world off.
Crystal DeLarm Clymer

A child can teach an adult three things... 
To be happy for no reason.
To always be busy with something.
And to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
Paulo Coelho 1947

The illusions of childhood are necessary experiences; a child should not be denied a balloon because an adult knows that sooner or later it will burst.
Marcelene Cox

If your life inspires just one child ... Your life has been a success.
Mark Desaux

We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882

The Soul is healed by being with children.
Fyodor Dostoevsky 1821 - 1881

Hugs can do great amounts of good ... especially for children.
Princess Diana 1961 - 1997

                   

Link : http://www.spiritual-quotes-to-live-by.com/quotes-about-children.html




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Author's page : https://www.manataka.org/page2620.html
Dear Human, Dear Borrower.

Yes I write ‘human and borrower’ because that is what we are.

Humans as a part of the web of life, borrowers as we borrow the earth from our children. The future of our children depends on us.

We may ask ourselves, “Do we take good care of what we have borrowed, our loan?”
The answer is NO!
We do not keep our payment in balance, we don`t even “pay” any interest. We take what we have been able to borrow, and exploit and destroy this faster and faster in the name of growth towards a higher standard of living. Soon, very soon, we will have no possibility to be able to “pay” what we have borrowed.

I wonder, are we humans waiting for some kind of miracle to happen, to sort out all our mistakes?

How can we walk through life with our eyes closed, and not be able to see miracles happen every day? Every day that you wake up and open your eyes is a miracle.

Every day the sun rises in the east is a miracle. Even if there are heavy clouds, the sun is still there and gives us light, life and warmth, and we are a part of it, even though we take it for granted.

Every day many of us are still able to breathe clean air. Air that gives us and all that is around us the opportunity to live. This is also a miracle that we are a part of, even though we take it for granted. Unfortunately many, many people around the world do not take part in this miracle because of strong pollution.

Every day most of us are able to get fresh clean water, either from wells, springs or creeks. Water that gives nourishment for all living animals, birds, bugs, fish, trees, flowers and humans. Every day we are still able to do this. This is also a miracle even though we take it for granted, but many people around the world do not take part in this miracle because of strong pollution and poisoning.

Every day we are still able to put our feet on the Earth. Our Mother the Earth that we live and depend upon. She still feeds most of us every day with what we need, even though every day we step on her, tear her apart and drain her. Despite this she still remains as a part of the web of life continuing to give us what we need.

We cut down the woods, we dig and drill holes, we drain her, we poison her, all because of power, greed and control. How can we treat her so totally without respect? We are only borrowers! How can we have no conscience and destroy what gives us the possibility to stay alive? And what about the next generations?

What we have borrowed is not a private loan for you or for me, where we do our little partial-payment. This is a common loan. All humanity is responsible for this loan, and if we ever are going to be able to get this loan back to balance, we must do it in unity. We must unite to be able to make all payments and interest.

Then, and only then, will we be able to give our children a heritage that they can live with and a future to live in.

Dear human, dear borrower,

As we all have our part of responsibility for this loan, the time is now to unite. We must unite no matter status, religion, culture, political persuasion, color or race. We must put away our ambitious demands about more growth together with our ego. It is no longer about you or me, it is about us. It is about the continuing existence of the human race as a part of Mother Earth, as a part of the web of life.

How many times throughout history have we not heard the prophesy about the end of the world. Hey, got news for you, the only thing that will end is the human race as a species, Mother Earth will continue to regenerate herself as she always has. Despite all our destruction, poisoning and polluting she will carry on when we are gone.

She is not depending on us to carry on, but we as a specie are depending in Her to carry on. We must open our eyes and see that we are a part of the web of life and not something above it that can control and rule over everything else. It is critical now, and it is time to put ourselves as species on the red list. Maybe, just maybe, then we will understand how serious it is. Humans are dying species and will very soon go “bankrupt” because of our arrogance towards our loan, because of our lack of respect and ungratefulness toward what we have borrowed.

We humans are as everything else on Mother Earth, a piece of the web of life that is meant to function in a complex but perfectly adjusted interaction. This again is a part of something even bigger, the Universe and The Great Mystery. We humans are only small pieces in a gigantic puzzle, and now is the time to admit and declare that our piece cannot manage independently. We as a species are depending on all the other pieces in the puzzle to be able to continue as a part of the web of life.

The time is now to unite all the pieces, no matter their shape or color. All pieces are equal and have the same importance toward getting the complete picture. One piece cannot exist without the others.  We have the power, we have the resources and we have the opportunity. Let us now use this toward paying our debt. We crossed the line for credit and economic growth a long time ago. Let’s pull the brakes and unite in the common cause – the continuing existence as species on Mother Earth. The people must rise together in unity and tell our leaders that they must open their eyes and see. They must make the decisions needed to be able to carry on. We as people must all carry on doing our part in this. Whether it is saving the rainforest, the whales, frogs, wolves, rivers or land, mountains or water, fish or air, we must unite all these causes under one flag.

We must rise and enter the streets, shout to our leaders that we need to stop all the madness we find in human made wars, exploiting of nature, pollution of nature, poisoning of nature, destruction of nature. We must unite all the resources we have and use them to save what is left to be able to have a future as a species.

It has been said many times by many people; “the children are our future”. Earlier this was most likely correct, but the truth is that now, we are our future as we are our children’s future. We have the resources, we have the opportunity to change, but we must do it together in unity. And we must do it NOW!

Let us all unite, let us all cooperate for the common cause – the future. A future where humans as a species still have a part. Money and power must be put aside, ego and luxury must be put aside, greed and materialism must be put aside. This is about our future for survival as a species, and this we cannot find through guns and economics. The only power which is able to save our specie is love. Love toward Mother Earth. Love toward each other. Love toward everything and everyone that lives. Respect, humility, and honor toward all. We are the future of our children.

Let us pay our debt in unity, so that we are able to give our children a heritage. Their future and the seven generations coming are depending on it!




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Author's page : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jan-cloninger-and-rosemary-strembicki-lcsw/our-children-are-our-only_b_8708916.html
Our Children Are Our Only Hope for the Future


                 


Another shooting, a weekly event in our culture; politicians denigrating each other and most of the world population; massive amounts of money being spent to keep us feeling secure. How far does this all have to go before we begin to look at the root causes of all of this chaos?

How long before we realize that how we think about each other and take care of each other is the only way we can stop this madness? Children growing up in environments of deprivation and fear are going to grow up angry and aggressive. Children who grow up in a constant state of anxiety not knowing to whom to turn for comfort and solace grow up isolated and feeling alone.

And it’s not just in impoverished or third world societies. There are children all over our country who are unable to learn because of lack of support at home and at school. Children are pushed beyond their understanding of how to cope because of parents who expect them to behave beyond their developmental capabilities. Children are pushed aside and bullied because their peers and their families perceive them as being different. Children are pushed into situations that make no sense to them and fear asking for help. How much pushing can a child sustain before they push back? Where do they turn?

Some turn within and become reclusive. Some turn to organizations that exploit them for ideological goals. Some act out against others to regain the power they have lost. When there is nowhere to turn for security and comfort there are always places that will fill the gap and those places are usually harmful to them and others.

Now is the time to address those gaps. We’ve done a lot of talking about educating the underserved, providing alternatives for children living in high stress environments, helping parents understand the profound influence they have in their children’s lives but little is done to find effective strategies to solve these problems.

A lot of arguing is done about gun control but there is little discussion about why so many of us feel the need to have guns. We are all so fearful of each other that we rarely stop to consider how an outreached hand can be more powerful than the point of a gun. We over protect our children rather than give them the emotional skills to protect themselves and develop meaningful relationships with those that are different. We spend more time at our jobs than with our children and expect them to develop values from what they see and hear in their everyday lives. And we live in fear of loss of our lifestyle and values while we sit in judgment of others.

Our children are our future, why is it so hard to invest in them? They need us to guide them and provide them with feelings of safety and love. They need structure and boundaries more than spankings and harsh words. If they are treated with patience and compassion they will learn patience and compassion. If they meet the world with hope and confidence they may not feel the need to have guns to protect themselves from the unknown.

It is time to look at ourselves and take responsibility for what is going on in the world.
One child at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time, building toward a future in which we all feel safe and unafraid of one another.









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