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Archive for February 9th, 2007

Who Do YOU Remember?

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with

Easier? The lesson: The people who make a difference in YOUR life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who care.

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This post was inspired by Too Awful.  Children are to be loved not abused.

John Donne once said, “No man is an island.”  Everyone needs relationships to survive physically as well as mentally.

In 1915 Dr. Henry Dwight Chapin, a New york pediatrician, discovered a disturbing phenomenon as he prepared a report on children’s institutions in ten cities.  In all but one institution, every infant under two years of age died.  They had all been clothed, fed, and taken care of medically and physically.  What was causing such an incredible mortality rate?  Dr. Fritz Talbot of Boston shed some light on the subject.  While visiting Germany before World War I, he was shown through the wards of the Children’s Clinic in Dusseldorf.  Seeing an old lady, apparently not a nurse, carrying a baby on her hip, he inquired as to her identity.  “That is Old Anna,” his guide replied.  “When we have done everything we can medically for a baby, and it is still not doing well, we turn it over to Old Anna, and she is ALWAYS successful.”  In the late twenties several hospital pediatricians introduced TLC (Tender Loving Care) into their hospital wards.  With a regular regimen of “mothering,” the infant mortality rates dropped dramatically.  I have heard many stories of people singing and talking to their premature babies and “nursing” them to health.  They made tapes of themselves singing and/or talking, telling stories and reciting poetry for when they could not personally be available.  When these tapes were played in the hospital nurseries it not only calmed the babies it was intended for but it calmed the other infants as well. And then when they were there with them they touched and cuddled with them as much as possible.  The human touch is an incredible “life-saver”.

It is an accepted fact that strong relationships are a positive factor in physical health.  Studies have shown that people who are married or have strong, positive friendships are healthier and live longer than those who do not. How much more should we cuddle and love our babies.  Sing to them  and tell them stories.  Pray little prayers with them and allow them to see that God cares about their little prayer requests.  You may even be surprised at the “little” prayers that God will answer if you take the time to take your little ones to the throne of grace.  And Please tell your children every day that you love them and let them feel your hugs.  Play with them too!  Dad, they love to get on your back and “ride the horsey”.  And Mom, they love to go “ride” the swings at the park WITH YOU!  Take the time, for it will soon be gone.  It is so important that they feel your love.  Children are to be LOVED not abused!

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