The catastrophic quake in Haiti can be used to teach your kids some valuable life lessons.
Calvin Lowery: As parents, we should consistently look to make every moment, good or bad, a teaching moment. We have an opportunity to do that right now! As we all know, Haiti suffered a 7.0 earthquake on Tuesday. The Prime Minister of Haiti fears that hundreds of thousands have died.
This is a situation that could not have been anticipated by anyone. That was committed at the fault of no one. And will inevitably be felt by everyone.
Don't allow your kids to talk about this devastating event at school, watch reports about it on the news, and hear about it on the radio without seeing you become active -- and showing them how everyone can make a difference.
You have a choice: (a) give your time, (b) give your money, (c) help raise money, or (d) all of the above.
Everyone is in a different situation. You know what you are able to do. Show your kids that you do not have to have a lot to do a little. If everyone can do a little, a lot will be received.
There are millions of innocent victims in Haiti that are depending on you to stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about others. As I sit in my office working and preparing for a class, I can't help but imagine how fortunate I am to be able to give and not be the one who needs to receive. I am so fortunate to know where my kids are, and to know that they are safe.
As if the quake alone was not enough, the U.N. assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations has said that the national penitentiary collapsed, which resulted in the inmates escaping. So there is an additional fear of civil unrest.
For a brief description of why this quake's force is multiplied simply by the Haitians being the recipients of its wrath, read this short paragraph by the Associated Press:
"Endemic instability, murderous dictators, more than 30 coups and a seemingly endless series of hurricanes and other natural disasters have claimed countless souls over Haiti's tumultuous 206-year history, leaving it the Americas' poorest country and utterly dependent on foreign aid."
We are talking about a country where 80 percent of the people already live in poverty. Haiti ranked 149th out of 182 countries in the United Nations HDI (Human Development Index -- used to rank countries' level of human development). Haitians live off of less than our kids pay at school for lunch ($2.00 a day). Prior to the earthquake, 40 percent of the national budget was established with foreign aid. Now, take this country and subject it to the fury of a 7.0 earthquake.
Do you get the picture? Your help is needed now! Don't look back and regret your failure to act.
Please tell me what you think about the Haiti disaster, and also please post the experiences you have when you discuss (1) what has happened in Haiti, and (2) how you can help Haitians with your kids.
|Calvin Lowery has been married for ten years to momlogic's Keira Lowery, has four kids, is a U.S. Military Veteran (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and is currently a law student. He is all about informing people of their rights and ensuring that we all raise a responsible generation of future leaders.|