2 thoughts on “The Merits of Promoting Self-Worth in Children

  • June 26, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Please, we need help.

    My Daughters husbands daughter has three children (ages, 6, 4.5 & 1). She is not a good mother. She takes drugs, feeds the children fast foods, is unclean, lazy and has sought ADS meds for her oldest son who is only 6 years old. He is a wonderful young man, report card of all’A’s. He gets no attention except of the negative type. The mother has requested these meds as she is lazy and gives no guideance. She doesn’t want to be bothered with these beautiful young children.

    What can be done about this?

    I’m so sad!

  • June 26, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Well if she takes drugs, that can be reported to the police. Many different things could happen from there. If there isn’t anything she is doing that’s legally wrong, you might just try to spend as much time with the kids as you can and allow them to have your influence as much as possible, building them up in positive ways.

    Is the husband a good dad? Does your daughter or anyone in that family have any positive influence there? It is a sad situation, and sometimes it feels like you can’t do a lot. You know much more about the situation than I do, so it’s hard for me to give you specifics.

    If you truly suspect the kids are in harms way (no parental supervision at times, physical abuse, drug activities going on, neglect of food and sanitation needs, etc), you may be able to report something to the police. However, just being a lazy parent isn’t illegal, even though it isn’t good.

    In my state, you can report suspicion of child endangerment and you don’t have to give your own name, just enough specifics about the situation for them to have an accurate name and address of the person in question and the situation. Then they will do an investigation if they think it qualifies for concern.

    I hope something turns around here. You might contact the child welfare agency in your county for more information about your concerns.


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