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Building & Maintaining A Good Family

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Good Parents teach Children the kind of life GOD expects by example with genuine praise, guidance, and understanding while protecting them from anyone or thing emplanting indifference in their hearts toward GOD and what is right.

Building a Good Family

There are basic qualities and values needed to have and maintain a good family.

These qualities and values are:

  • Love
  • Honor, always truth and loyalty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Kindness
  • Communication
  • Consideration
  • Duty
  • Responsibility

The Future of this world

Children are the future of this world.  As a good parent it is your responsibility to teach your children from birth, the above qualities and values, as these are handed down from generation-to-generation, and prepares them to be good family members, good friends, good neighbors, good employees, good leaders, and good citizens.

Good caring parents teach by example, always remembering that genuine praise, guidance, and understanding are the mark of a good parent.  As your child grows, regular family quality time strengthens trust and mutual respect, forging a stronger family bond, where communication grows easier, and good memories are more easily made.

Maintaining A Good Family

The five “L’s” of a good, strong, family:

  1. Love is at the heart of the family.  All humans have the need to love and to be loved; the family is normally the place where love is expressed.  Love is the close personal blending of physical and mental togetherness.  It includes privacy, intimacy, sharing, belonging, and caring.  The atmosphere of real love is one of honesty, understanding, patience, and forgiveness. Such love does not happen automatically; it requires constant daily effort by each family member.  Loving families share activities and express a great deal of gratitude for one another.  Love takes time, affection, and a positive attitude.
  2. Learning – Families are where we learn values, skills, and behavior.  Strong families manage and control their learning experiences.  They establish a pattern of home life.  They select appropriate television programs.  They guide their children into the world outside the home.  They do not let social forces rule their family life.  They involve themselves in neighborhood, school, government, church, and business in ways that support their family values.  Strong families teach by example and learn through experience as they explain and execute their values.
  3. Loyalty – Strong families have a sense of loyalty and devotion toward family members.  The family sticks together.  They stand by each other during times of trouble.  They stand up for each other when attacked by someone outside the family.  Loyalty builds through sickness and health, want and good fortune, failure and success, and all the things the family faces.  The family is a place of shelter for individual family members.  In times of personal success or defeat, the family becomes a cheering section or a mourning bench.  They also learn a sense of give and take in the family, which helps prepare them for the necessary negotiations in other relationships.
  4. Laughter is good family medicine.  Humor is an escape valve for family tension.  Through laughter we learn to see ourselves honestly and objectively.  Building a strong family is serious business, but if taken too seriously, family life can become very tense.  Laughter balances our efforts and gives us a realistic view of things.  To be helpful, family laughter must be positive in nature.  Laughing together builds up a family.  Laughing at each other divides a family.  Families that learn to use laughter in a positive way can release tensions, gain a clearer view, and bond relationships.
  5. Leadership is essential.  Family members, usually the adults, must assume responsibility for leading the family.  If no one accepts this vital role, the family will weaken.  Each family needs its own special set of rules and guidelines.  These rules are based on the family members’ greatest understanding of one another.  The guidelines pass along from the adults to the children by example, with firmness and fairness.  Strong families can work together to establish their way of life, allowing children to have a voice in decision making and enforcing rules.  However, in the initial stages and in times of crisis, adult family members must get the family to work together.

We Are Our Brothers Keeper

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3 Kings

Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself

Frank and I are Co-Founders of NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! https://notinmyworld.org and our blog, My Brother’s Keeper https://notinmyworld.com

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength.  This is the first commandment.

Frank, My Little Brother, was stricken with pancreatitis about the first of May 2017.

Wednesday February 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm CDT, Frank finished his job here, and was called home to be with Our Lord GOD.

Frank and I were born in Sweetwater Texas

He is preceded in death by R. E. our Father, and D. Kennedy, our Mother.

We attended school in Sweetwater until ****.

We graduated from H.G. Spruce High in Dallas, Texas.

Frank retired from the **** ** ******

Survived by Step-Father K.G. Kennedy of Dallas.

Brothers Robert and **

Niece G. ******** of *******, and Nephew Nathan *****.

Nephews Robert Jr and Kenneth of Sweetwater.

Nephew Matthew of Maryneal.

Nephew Joshua of Dallas.

There are the two oldest nephews which will not be named for security.

My  Heart is heavy as the weight of this whole world,
yet my head is held high for The Man who was and always will be My Little Brother and My Best Friend in Our journey on the pathway through this life.
Robert

TX Attorney General CEU Arrest Child Sex Offender

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Thomas Lee Scott, 58, of Lorena Texas.

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests
Lorena Man for Possession of Child Pornography

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Thomas Lee Scott, 58, of Lorena, on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison per charge.

Investigators discovered child pornography being shared from a device with an IP address connected to Scott’s home in Lorena.

While executing a search warrant at his home, investigators located child pornography and seized several digital storage devices that will be examined by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit.

Scott, a registered sex offender, was convicted in 1991 of child molestation in Indiana.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.

The CEU proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources.

Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks our children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety.

If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child pornography you can report it to NCMEC

For more information on cyber safety, please visit: https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/cyber-safety/

KY Is Fighting Child Abuse

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Kentucky Is Fighting Child Abuse and Neglect.

Do your part to fight Child Abuse in Kentucky

As we embark on a new year, we at Kosair Charities are looking ahead to a commonwealth that ensures all of our kids are free from abuse.  Through our Face It Campaign, Kosair Charities is committed to ensuring hardworking and dedicated nonprofits in Louisville and across Kentucky have the resources they need to end the plague of child abuse and neglect, and to end it now.

The Face It Campaign works closely with over 40 partner organizations to prevent child abuse and neglect in our communities by focusing on education, awareness, practice, and policy improvements.

The Face It policy team has been hard at work identifying priority policy changes needed at the state level.  In years past, we’ve secured state funding for the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel and closed gaps in education around abuse and neglect for professionals who regularly interact with children.  We continue to look upstream in our efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by advocating for common sense policies that lead to large-scale, proactive differences.  Kosair Charities is the safety net to ensure all children in Kentucky have better tomorrows.

Each year during the Kentucky General Assembly, Face It partners actively work on several policies that focus on preventing and ending abuse.  The 2018 priorities keep kids safe by prioritizing adequately funded systems, increasing transparency, and ensuring a child’s voice in court is heard.

  • We aim to keep kids safe from abuse and neglect with adequate funding and improvements in how we respond to and support families.  For children who cannot remain safely with their parents, grandparents and other relatives often step up to help raise them, commonly known as kinship care.  Kinship care offers a beneficial alternative to foster care and helps to relieve trauma children often face upon removal from their home. Regardless of where a child is placed, children do best when the entire system of child welfare prioritizes supporting families or swiftly finding a permanent family for children who can’t return home.
  • Our goal is to increase transparency by recommending moving functions related to appeals and cases within the Office of the Ombudsman to outside of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  To ensure children are protected and cared for, to increase transparency and accountability, and reduce potential conflicts of interest, several states locate their Ombudsman’s office for children’s services in an independent location. These measures would keep kids at the center of the Ombudsman’s Office’s decisions.
  • We want to see policymakers keep kids safer from abuse by allowing adults to whom a child has disclosed abuse to testify in court.  When adults are held accountable in the court system, kids are safer from abuse.  If a child has been a victim of abuse, trauma and fear may affect their ability to testify in court.  Their fear or inability should not prevent a judge from hearing accurate information about a child’s experience, which is crucial in reaching an informed decision in child abuse cases.  If a child has disclosed information about abuse to an adult, that adult could testify about that disclosure.

Everyone plays a role in ending child abuse and neglect in the commonwealth. Kosair Charities works on every level of the system to ensure children have the supports they need to be safe and healthy with opportunities to thrive. Learn more at faceitabuse.org

Michigan Father Arrested For Child Abuse

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Father, 22, arrested for Child Abuse.

Man arrested in Escanaba on Child Abuse charge

ESCANABA, MI  –  Escanaba Public Safety was notified Friday of an infant who was brought into OSF St. Francis Hospital emergency room with signs of physical child abuse.

Escanaba Public Safety questioned the 21-year-old mother and 22-year-old father of the infant, and arrested the father for child abuse.

He was taken to the Delta County Correctional Facility where he is being held on $500,000 cash bond.  The mother was released.

The infant has been transferred to St. Vincent Children’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Escanaba Public Safety was assisted by OSF St. Francis Hospital, State of Michigan, Department of Human Services, Child Protective Services, and the Delta County Prosecutors Office.