Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs – Chapter 22:6
I was sitting on the countertop in my kitchen and received a text stating that one of my students tried to commit suicide and was in ICU. Instead of immediately feeling saddened about the situation, I felt livid with a rage that I haven’t felt in almost 20 years. I thought, “If he had a stronger support system, would he be in this situation? “Who would his support system consist of, and the answer is his parents FIRST. When I first met AP (made-up initials to refer to him) he was just getting out of juvenile and was so excited about trying to get back on the right path. He was living with his single parent Mother and he didn’t’ want to talk about his Father, so I assumed he wasn’t present. He shared that his other two brothers were in juvenile and they were all getting out in weeks-time. The last time I saw him was on my birthday, May 5th. He was smiling on that day and he said he hadn’t laugh so much in a long time. Then, on May 30th, I get a text saying that he was in ICU for trying to commit suicide.
For that reason, I am declaring the month of June “Take the Time” to be a better parent month. Take the time to spend every moment you can with your kids. A trip to the park, dinner together, prayer together, daily talks, a walk at the mall, or participation at his/her activities. TAKE THE TIME! Parents, and guardians, you have to sacrifice something in order to see change, and the greatest sacrifice is your time. Your money means really nothing to them….YES….it doesn’t! Trade your life for their life and watch how much stronger and powerful they become! The parents should be the first discovered role model of a child. It is our responsibility to show our kids what growth, success, maturity, respect, self-esteem, diligence, power, humility, and etc. look like. It’s our jobs to show our kids what the world look like and sound like and when we don’t, their life becomes harder and more challenging. Most of the time, defeat sets in and conquers them totally.
So please, join Defining Me, and Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence, Inc., as we make June our month to “Take The Time,” 2 spend at least 1 hour of quality time with your kid(s) every day in the month of June. It is going to be a tremendous sacrifice for many of you, but the sacrifice will begin a healing process that you can’t even imagine. It will break down barriers and habits, or create a stronger bond for those that already have become a master at this. I am not a parent, but I mentor many kids that are so broken by the lack of parenting and communication they are not getting from their parents. Please, help me out….I am begging you. Share your story with me and become a role model and inspiration to other parents that may need a support system to help them, “Take the Time.”