posted on Apr, 21 2019 @ 09:46 AM
My final thoughts on here, and back to the idea I have in my OP to make this better is this:
The ones of us left who still care and want to make a difference really can. It will take some discomfort to make a real change. I truly think we've
disconnected and need to commit to our community, and especially the youth we are most inclined to avoid.
I just realized one small step I could make (other than continuing to be closely involved with my son's school and class) is to reach out to the twins
who live next door-- the Dennis the Menices to my inner Mr. Wilson.
First time I met them they were almost four and swarmed into my car, grabbing a basketball and maybe another belonging (there were two of these-- it
was hard to keep track) and running around with them-- their dad yelling heedlessly for them to put my stuff back.
Since then, they've cornered my son (then 4--two years their junior) into a room and showed him scary videos that left him pale and shaken and gave
him nightmares for weeks. So my kid doesn't play there anymore but they still taunt him through our fence pretty boldly and in front of me. When
they threated to punch my kid in the face I had to step in and even later my husband went for a talk with the twins dad. All this to say...
I'm going to try a different tactic. I'm thinking of ways to reach out to these kids and (this is tough to say and this is one thing I think a lot of
people struggle with) LOVE them.
How can I show these kids love and maybe help them NOT to be so unpleasant?
I had a few ideas of going for some hikes and getting into nature with them, their parents, and my kids.
And I really have to change the way I see these kids.
If we all started with the "problem kids" in this way, we might be able to start making an impact.
If you don't have kids, you would be the perfect candidate for helping weary/overwhelmed parents out. The fact is that all parents are basically
playing it by ear. There's no one way to raise kids right; in fact it seems that each child and each circumstance requires its own approach, and the
more responsible and involved adults in a youth's life, the better the chances they'll be well rounded and able to develop according to the one-on-one
(human contact is just so crucial for our development and something I really do think we are lacking today) time.