Embracing a Culture That Celebrates Children
CHICAGO, IL, December 10, 2013 – What kind of world do we want our children to live in? Is it one that celebrates them, raises them up, supports their early learning and development, and shields them from intensive stressors such as violence and poverty? Because that world is a real possibility when there are so many impactful actions happening in communities across the country even as we speak. These actions include the implementation of home visiting programs,and strategies that prevent child sexual abuse, bullying, and abusive head trauma before they ever occur.And yet, while we choose to embrace so many thingsthat children need to thrive, early learning, health care, and home environments that are stable and loving, we still accept the existence of cultural norms that have the potential to undermine all of these wonderful advances.
In recent years, we have seen the development of the Baby Shaker App which Apple approved, and then pulled from the market; the release of the Adam Sandler movie That’s My Boy; and now the creation of a “closed” Facebook group called "National Baby Shaking League Real Mommy Blog.”
All of these examples are considered attempts at humor by their creators, and all have been deemed acceptable by their supporters. Some will even argue that to raise a critical discussion of these efforts is to question free-speech.But we reject these arguments and prefer to ask the public, what kind of world do we want our children to live in? Because all children are our children, their future are our futures, and a society that embraces these forms of humor and escapism, is a world that is ultimately antithetical to one that supports early learning, stability, love, and healthy environments for which children can develop and thrive in.Does this mean we should ban these forms of expression? It does not, but we can be clear that as members of a society that wants to raise children-up and not tear them down, these forms of expression are unacceptable to us.What can you do though?You can boycott products and groups such as these when they are created. You can publicly express your distaste to the corporations that support their existence. And you can do the opposite of everything they value by lending your time, creativity, and energy to building a society that raises healthy children and supports their families and the communities they live in.If you’re not sure how to do these things, please let us know, because we would be happy to work with you on behalf of children, all children, our children. “We choose to embrace a culture that celebrates children and enhances their healthy development,” says James M. Hmurovich, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America. “But we cannot do it alone, so please join us, because together, we have the opportunity to make a difference.”
ABOUT PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AMERICA
Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 and based in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 49 states and over 400 Healthy Families America, home visitation sites in 37 states, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit our websites preventchildabuse.org and healthyfamiliesamerica.org.