In the last 24 hours two news articles on wfmz.com really hit me hard as a parent. One a child was accidently ran over by his father in his driveway. I cannot describe how this story breaks my heart. The lose of my son I cannot even imagine, the angst of knowing I was responsible on top of the lose would push me over the edge. My thoughts and prayers go out to this family.
Then we have the second article that makes you wonder how someone could scare a child like this over a clogged toilet. Not only did she beat the child with a bat, she also bit the child while a sibling helplessly watched. The physical abuse is uncalled for, but the mental abuse is far worse. We shape our children’s world by how we react. My son drives me crazy at times, but in the back of my head I know that my reactions shape his reactions later in life. The whole way a child reacts with the world can be crushed by one overreaction. The ability to care for a child is a gift. A gift that at times pushes you to your limits, a gift that tests you mentally and physically. I would give up everything for my son and cannot imagine what is mentally wrong with this lady to do what she did.