Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.

Name

E-mail

facebook Canyon News twitter Canyon News

Canyon News

Bel Air News

Beverly Hills News

Brentwood News

Hollywood Hills News

Laurel Canyon News

Los Angeles News

Los Feliz News

Malibu News

Melrose News

Pacific Palisades News

Santa Monica News

Sherman Oaks News

Studio City News

Topanga Canyon News

West Hollywood News

Westwood News

Woodland Hills

Celebrity News

State News

National News

World Headlines

Deaf News

Entertainment

Film

Television

Music

On the Industry

Star Gazing

St. John's Confidential File

Theatrical Musings

Life & Style

Event Listings

Tech Talk

Looking Good For Lots Less

Spirit & Creativity

Miller Time

Books

View from the Hill

NY WEST

Chrystal's Recipe Corner

Career and Life Coaching

Gardening With Tony

Life According To Lenson

Real Estate Realities

Food

Sports

Marathon Running

Keeping It Bruin: A Look Into UCLA Athletics

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Hockey

Pets

Vi's Corner

Pet Tips

Point of View

John Armor

Message to America

Critic At Large... Ruta Lee

Labor Week

Ramblings

10 Degrees Cooler

McConnors corner

Edge of the west

The Physics Wizard

Auto

Kyle's Kars

Travel

Susan Michelle's Compass

Advice

Ask Deanna

Dear Lily

Ask Oona

Features

Dancing with Earthquakes

Archives

Sports Schedules

Traveling Beyond the Canyon

Edge of the West

Law Man

Ask Us

Nathan Tabor

The Angry Economist

Truth Probe

As I See It

Columnists

Truth Conquers

The Live Wire

Notes from Exile

Letters to the Editor

Dog Training by Anthony

Canyon Mews

Speak!

Sponsors

America's Most Wanted Dogs

World Recipes

Vegetarian Lifestyle

Humor

News Briefs

Local News

Books

News

Canyon Fodder

Bad Movie Night

Critical Projection

Ed's on the Town

Fitness Quests

Flashback Films

Stories of the Strange

Gourmet Grandma

He Said/She Said

Home Matters with Yvonne

L.A. Etch-a-Sketch

L.A. Ruminations

McConnor's Corner

Mommy Minute

Musically Speaking

My Back Pages

Publisher's Pages

ResourceINK

Scene and Heard in L.A.

Silly...But Wise!

Sunset Diaries

Table Options

The Paws Cause

TV Stuff

Cartoon of the Week



Point of View

Protecting Our Children
Posted by Trevor Roberts on Oct 20, 2013 - 4:23:38 AM

UNITED STATES—Anyone who is a parent or has taken care of a child understands how important it is to protect that child at all costs.  Unless you’re a parent, it could be a concept that is quite difficult to grasp, but a child bonds with an adult in a way nothing else will.  It is your job to provide for that child, in addition to protecting them.  The reason I’m addressing this issue is the recent tragedy that struck NFL superstar Adrian Peterson whose 2-year-old son was tragically killed last week after being severely beaten by the boyfriend of the mother. 

 

The child’s death made national headlines and has opened another discussion about parents being cautious about leaving their children in the care of other people.  It’s not something that can be taken without a grain of salt.  This is not to place any blame on the mother at all, this is to open discussion on the importance of properly screening people before leaving them in the care of someone else; rather it be a relative or someone that a parent is now dating.  Divorce or separation is no easy task for any parent, as the opposite party will question the motives of the person who is dating the father or mother of that child to ensure the child’s safety. 

Parenting_3.jpeg
Protecting a child is a parents top priority.

 

Children are not able to defend themselves from adults, so it’s our responsibility to ensure they are not placed in situations where physical and mental harm can come to them.  Just thinking of the abuse inflicted on that 2-year-old shatters my heart; he’s defenseless against this grown man. What’s even worse is the hatred in my soul for this man who has had prior run-ins with the law for child abuse and some sort of legal sanction not being placed on him.  Hate is indeed a strong word to use, but that suspect should burn in hell for his actions. 

 

It’s important before ever leaving your child with someone that they are patient and understand the importance of caring for a child.  Children cannot be allowed to be left unattended; if someone has a short attention span or thinks it's ok to leave a child unattended, especially someone under the age of 10 alone for awhile, you need to question the idea of leaving your little one with them.  Trust your instinct. This is difficult to describe, but your gut/instinct will let you know if you’re doing the right thing. If you sense for some reason, there is an uneasiness about you leaving your child with a particular person, DON’T DO IT!  You know your child’s well-being better than anyone else and if there is an uncertainty or fear that you ”˜feel’ with leaving your child with someone other than yourself, your instinct is always right. 

 

Observe people’s behavior around children.  Are they at ease, are they able to care for the child’s needs, do they easily get rattled or frustrated?  These can all be signs that it’s not a good idea to leave your child around this person. An important thing to note is the temperament of the adult. Are they easily annoyed or do they get angry? Those are keys to definitely not leave your child with that individual. 

 

Some may argue I’ve been around this person with my child and he or she is great.  Yes, people can put on a ”˜façade’ to make the parent see one thing, but behave in another manner in the parents' absence.  Parents have to be able to see beyond that façade.  Talk to the counterpart to get their thoughts about children.  If some divulges a dislike for children that’s usually sign to be weary of the individual. This is not to say anyone who dislikes children will harm them; it just sends a signal that they may not be the most patient person when it comes to dealing with kids.  I’ve known many people who do not have kids who are phenomenal with dealing with kids once they reach a certain age. 

 

Dealing with infants, toddlers, kids, and pre-teens are all different stages.  Some don’t have the patience for infants who may cry incessantly or be difficult to console.  Toddlers can be rambunctious and difficult to manage at times; kids can be playful and curious minds.  There are various stages of child development and anyone caring for the wellbeing of a child when the parent is not around has to be not only aware, but educated of such knowledge.

 

The message I’m sending is as parent, no one knows their child better than the parent.  If you ever sense for a moment your child is afraid to be left with a certain individual that is a sign.  If you feel uncomfortable leaving your child with someone, that is a sign.  Your instinct is there for a reason, it’s a warning tool of potential danger.  Trust what you feel, never disregard that feeling because it can be the difference between life and death.



 

Cliffside Malibu

-------------------------

-------------------------

 

Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.