Shameful

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Vanessa Burnett

On 2 July 1942, most of the children of Lidice, a small village in what was then Czechoslovakia, were handed over to the Łódź Gestapo office. 81 of the children were transported to the extermination camp at Chełmno 70 kilometers away. There they were gassed to death. This remarkable sculpture of 82 children by Marie Uchytilová commemorates those children attacked from Lidice who died. 

 

disgusting barbarians
bred from power
they were evil tyrants

sacrificing the innocent
the vulnerable
for personal gain

they chose cruelty
and still slept well
while all the rest suffered

how inhumane they were
how so many still are
shameful

 

 

Hang Up The Belt, Please

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Spanking children is wrong. Using force and inflicting pain to make a child understand something, no matter how it’s justified, is just abhorrent to me.

I can’t say that was always how I thought about the subject. But I’m glad my opinion has evolved, and I would never consider doing it again.

The idea that hurting a child intentionally, a miniature human you supposedly love, is the way to make them understand some lesson; well, it’s just stupid really. I feel that all it really teaches a child is that the people they love are capable of causing them pain. Might it deter a child from bad behavior? It’s entirely possible. But in my estimation and in published studies, it can also create a whole host of adjustment issues which appear later on down the line in the child’s life.

Add to any future emotional repercussions a child may have as an adult, the spanked child learns to repeat what was done to them in their childhood with the next generation. They will perpetuate the practice because they think it was normal. In reality, though, our society does not condone physical assault by adults on other adults. It’s simply not acceptable in our society. We actually put people in jail for that. But yet, spanking is a tradition which still remains to date. It makes no sense.

So maybe instead of just hitting our children into fearing their parent(s) and/or creating future spankers, let’s do things which would encourage the growth and development of a mature individual. That seems like a reasonable solution. Much better than a violent one.

So Proud

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life tasked me
with motherhood
my answer
an enthusiastic acceptance
to comply

my heart grew up
and bigger with him
my life turned upside down
lessons learned changed
my future self

such a man now
a decent one
not a little big boy
he’s leading the charge
on the rest of his life

his determination
replaces my worry
his success now leads him
the torch is passed
with relief and validation

so proud

 

 

Innocence

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When you look into those eyes, how can you not want the best for them?

How can a child ever be subjected to anything but love and support? How can a person ever think to harm a child?

Being intentionally and forcefully dominating, it’s just wrong.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Innocence needs to be educated and given the opportunity to flourish rather than dominated, directed and oppressed.

Please tell me you agree?