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Before I start this next blog post, I want to thank each and every one of you who READ, LIKED, COMMENTED, and SHARED this post! It truly does mean a lot to have a crowd support me on this journey.
Just in case you missed the last blog, (which spoke a little about me and what my posts will be about) I’ll go ahead and attach the link at the bottom to give you the chance to catch up.
It’s been a beautiful week so far, which I am so thankful for, but let’s dive in to today’s topic! The functionality of an average child’s mind who is from poverty.
BTW I know I mentioned in the last blog that I would be talking about statistics, but after thinking about it, it’s truly not all about the numbers, so I decided to go on another route*
Ever truly wonder what babies think? At times they can just stare at you with such an innocent look. Sometimes they can snuggle up on your chest and fall fast asleep making you never want to move an inch or disturb that peaceful look. Or when they smile at you when you hover over them making silly faces and sounds that form no type of words… (YES, that’s me).
So, if they start off so innocent, then where does it go wrong later down the road…? Is it the parent(s)…? Is it the child being stubborn…? Is it the school…? Is it society…? I mean honestly, how does an innocent child, just turn completely left?!
According to a research done by Association for Psychological Science, a baby at birth to the age of nine who are exposed to poverty end up having chronic physiological stress that can contribute to the problems most impoverished children face now and later in life. Some of these problems include, higher dropout rates, lower test scores, poor nutrition, and last but not least limited vocabulary.
Is it just me or are you learning this fact of babies to the age of nine… for the first time too??
Now I know money can’t solve every issue. It may put more food on the table, more clothes on a child, and even better school supplies. However, there’s still other aspects that can positively contribute to the life the child… Like after school activities in smaller groups, and not with such large crowds where the mentality behind it is “will they even notice if I’m gone?” Ideas like, hidden talents being surfaced, confidence booster workshops, etc. There are so many ways to engage a child who probably has low self-esteem due to certain conditions they cannot control and making them shine bright. Most organizations may stay in touch for a little while, but is it a life long connection…? Are the trips that are taken truly relevant to each individual other than the mandatory curriculum it has to fall under…? Do you listen to their ideas, and implement them? How about finding ways to turn the negatives in a child to positives…?
I’ll wrap it up for now leaving you with these questions to ponder upon a little. Until next time my loved ones.