The Importance of Keeping Our Children Safe

Children’s safety is important as ever in this day and age. Keeping your children safe can be a full-time job, as there are so many additional dangers out there. From the time your baby enters your home, you are child-proofing, adding rugs to hard floors, plastic to sharp corners, safety plugs in the outlets, anchoring furniture, and making sure blind cords are out of reach, among other things. From there you have to worry about toys, not just pieces falling off and children putting them in their mouth, but smart toys (toys that can be connected to the internet) might be hacked. Talking to strangers, going out in the street, not jumping on the bed, the list goes on and on when children are young, in keeping them safe.

As children get older, some of the old dangers still apply, but new ones emerge. Once a child is old enough to have a smart phone or tablet, then you have to worry about new outside predators. And let’s face it, our children tend to be better with technology then adults. There are many internet dangers to be cautious of, including some you might not have heard of, or are thinking of, click this link for an article on some of these dangers. There are also other ones that can pop up, such as when Slenderman became well known, or Blue Whale. We as parents have so many ways that we need to keep our children safe, and we do the best we can, we just need to make sure we are staying informed with the new hidden dangers.

International Children’s Day

International Children’s Day – We encourage local support, but if you’re able to do more, here’s a comprehensive list of the Top 25 Children’s Charities, many of which have local chapters here in Stanislaus County – CASA of Stanislaus, Boys & Girls Clubs, Make A Wish, and St. Jude’s to name a few. Please click here to review the list.

Giving is good for the mind, soul and the body. Studies have found these health benefits associated with giving: lower blood pressure, increased self-esteem, less depression, lower stress levels, longer life, and greater happiness. According to a University of California, Berkeley study, people who were 55 and older who volunteered for two or more organizations were 44 percent less likely to die over a five-year period than those who didn’t volunteer. Even accounting for many other factors including age, exercise, general health and negative habits like smoking.

National Adoption Day

Honorable, Sacrificial, Redeemable and EXPENSIVE.   While I don’t personally handle adoption cases, many of my peers do.  Let’s take a look at what it really takes to adopt, besides a very patient and giving nature:

  1. It takes on average, 3 years and $30,000 to adopt a child internationally.
  2. In domestic adoptions, you may pay less to adopt a black child than you would a white child.
  3. Gay couples can’t adopt in Utah and Mississippi
  4. Russia stopped adopting children to the U.S. two years ago.

You can read more interesting facts here.

Did you know Bethany in Modesto has been offering loving Christian care to children and families since 1944.  Considering adoption, do take a look at Bethany .  Their services include pregnancy support as well as  adoption. For more information on the services they offer please click here.