April 22, 2009

Babies and Bank Accounts

Babies Having Babies Our responsibility to educate youth on sex.

"I'll get kids with a 5. They don't even get the uterus right," said Cailteux, who teaches high school sophomores about both abstinence and contraception. "It's very frustrating at times because you expect them to know the basics, but the basics have not been taught."

Sophomore Tim Nemec, 16, of Joliet acknowledged that he never learned much about reproduction or the risk of infections until he took the health course required of all sophomores at Joliet Central. After that, he noticed a shift in some classmates' attitudes.

"There were some kids who went in like, 'I don't care. I'll do what I want,' " Nemec said. "But after a while, they were sort of like, 'Wow, I don't know if this person is clean or not,' or, 'I could actually get someone pregnant.' " Source – Chicago Tribune

Teen pregnancy isn’t the only issue that needs to be addressed. The whole concept of physical, emotional and financial responsibility needs to be repeated like a mantra. The lovey dovey feel good emotions flatline at 2:00 AM when baby starts crying – again. Reality – babies are little people who scream, cry, produce stinky diapers and cost a lot of money. They’re not toys or the fulfillment of a ‘love dream’. On the other hand, teenagers have always been and always be under the myth that they are indestructible. It’s like kids say after an accident, car wreck, or worse, “I didn’t think it could happen to me.” Well, let’s ensure that they’re informed properly so their lives aren’t detoured for a couple of decades because they thought having a baby at 15 would be glamorous.

On Financial Education/Responsibility

"Neely acknowledged that it's an uphill battle to teach kids how to save.
"Every year, our children are bombarded with thousands of commercials that are telling them to spend, spend, spend," she said.
Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) said financial ignorance is worse today than it was when she grew up in Arkansas.

"Now, you have parents who don't have a job, so how can they have a bank account? And they're not teaching the children how to spend any money because they're spending whatever they have -- whether it be on food or on things that are ... self-destructive," Mitts said.

"There are children who ... don't want to be like their parents. They want something better. They know their parents are headed down the wrong way. This program is gonna allow them to learn at an early age, what [does] it mean to save. You can't go to the store and buy candy with everything you have. But, if you save a little, you'll be able to at least go get you a pair of socks, some gloves."

Good for Huberman – I’ll give him a star on this one. It would help if schools could have one night or afternoon to include parents so their children could teach them what they’ve learned. Empower the kids to teach Mom and Dad in a supervised classroom setting. Source – Sun-Times

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