The news report of Adrian Peterson’s 2 year old child is heartbreaking – there is no other way to explain it. But it should also be a warning and a wake up call for parents and others who care for children.
I am known for being fiercely protective of children and it drives me crazy when I see a parent or other caretaker doing something that could potentially put their child in danger. This is one of those stories and I’ve seen far too many other cases that honestly – scared me and made me furious.
It is especially tough for single parents – and we should all understand that. And I know single parents want the freedom to date and to have “their own life”. That’s healthy and they need time with other adults. But the first priority of any parent – needs to be their children. Sadly that isn’t true in many cases. I have seen far too many examples of parents who pay very little attention to their children, have friends in and out of the house that are drunk and doing drugs in front of very young children, some have police in and out of their homes frequently, domestic violence situations, and much more.
I have to wonder whether the parents are considering what impact this has on their children. In many cases – it leads to a cycle of problems and abuse and could be stopped early in life. How many crime stories do we hear where the criminal claims there family life as a child was detrimental? How often are there experts testifying in trials about situations the child was exposed to as a child?
Is there a disconnect that people don’t put these two scenarios together? Am I putting a cause and affect together – that are unrelated?
I’m not saying any of these situations contributed to the beating and death of Adrian Peterson’s child. But I am taking the opportunity to get people talking and thinking. I have no doubt some people will have issues with the things I said here – but that’s fine. If one child is helped by sharing these thoughts – it was worth my time to share my perspective.
These are two examples of precautions that parents and other caretakers can take – to protect the children in their care.
Adrian Peterson’s Loss Is a Wake-Up Call for Dating Moms
By therlcgroup on October 13, 2013
Our heart goes out to Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for the loss of his two-year-old son. Although Peterson was only recently made aware that the child was indeed his son, it is still a heartbreaking incident for everyone involved to lose a child, especially as the mother’s boyfriend is now in police custody. I think she will have a lot to deal with — not only the death of a toddler to whom she gave life, but also any deception she may have encountered with the child’s alleged abuser, Joseph Patterson. This is a lesson for all dating single mothers to approach dating like a company approaches perspective employees.
1) Get a background check of the man that you are dating before he ever meets your child.
2) Live your life but stay clear of the casual relationships.
To read the remainder of the article, visit http://www.blogher.com/adrian-petersons-sons-mother-ashley-doohen-hard-lesson
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