The Affects of the Recession on Children

I'm a person who likes to stay current on the news. I ran across an article this evening that kind of saddened my spirit. Take a look at it for yourselves......

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hard economic times are hitting the United States' youngest citizens, threatening to roll back decades worth of gains in health, safety and education, according to a report released on Monday.
It suggests the country's most severe recession in a generation, which has cost more than 5 million American jobs since it began in late 2007, is having a drastic impact on children.
"Our projections show that virtually all the progress made in family economic well-being since 1975 will be wiped out," Ken Land of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues wrote in 2009 Child Well-Being Index and Special Focus Report.
The annual report, sponsored by the Foundation for Child Development, a private child advocacy group, measures economic, health, safety and social factors affecting children and teens.
Based on current estimates, the report projects that the current recession will pare median annual family incomes back to $55,700 by 2010, down from $59,200 in 2007.
Households run by single women will see their annual incomes fall to $23,000 in 2010, down from $24,950 in 2007.
But the steepest drop will be among single households headed by men, where median annual family income is expected to drop to $33,300 in 2010, from $38,100 in 2007.
These declines in family income will affect many other aspects of life for children in America.
"Many families that have built a life around two-earner incomes now have one income or perhaps no income, so children in those families are being impacted by the current economic environment," Land said in a telephone interview.
He said the percentage of children in poverty will rise to 21 percent in 2010, up from about 17 percent in 2006.
The researchers said the housing crisis will disrupt social relationships for children, as job losses cause families to uproot in search of work and less-costly housing. Many families are at greater risk of homelessness.
Children's health also will suffer, they said.
They foresee increases in an already growing obesity epidemic as parents turn to cheap fast food to feed their families.
One bright spot, they said, is the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which will at least ensure that many poor children get needed health care.
Based on trends in prior recessions, they said rates of violent crime will likely rise, hurt by police force cuts and cuts in juvenile crime prevention programs.
They also predict fewer children will be taking part in early childhood education programs, which are known to raise student test scores.
Black and Latino children, whose communities tend to be more sensitive to economic fluctuations, will be affected most by these changes.
"When the economy is doing well, their well-being gains are more dramatic. When the economy slumps, they are harder hit than their white counterparts because more children of color live in poverty to begin with," Ruby Takanishi, president of the foundation, said in a statement.

This is so ridiculous!! All of these families that are already struggling to make ends meet as it is, now by next year they will be taking major pay cuts that they can't afford to take. The worst part is that children will be affected in an enormous way. So what does the government plan to do about this? I'm not a parent myself, but I have first hand seen how upsetting it is for a parent not to be capable of providing for their child. Healthcare has always been an issue, but it seems like things are becoming far worse before they are getting better. It's a shame that a child's health will have to suffer for the government's mistakes with our economy. But yet, they want us to bail out all of these auto dealerships and financial institutions? Seriously, what kind of crack are they smoking??!!!! Instead of giving these CEOs and Presidents of these Fortune 500 companies all these million dollar bonuses so they can fly in their private jets and vacation on lavish islands how about they take that money and make better use of it? Give it to these struggling families who have to stretch the pennies to put food on the table. What about giving it to those families who are one mortgage payment short of being homeless?? What about those parents with very ill children, but can't afford to get the treatment needed because healthcare costs an arm and two legs?? What about those elderly people who can't work and are on a very small fixed income?? You have to forgive me. I'm a bit on the pissed off side right now. But this is the hood so it's okay. I mean don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with having private jets and vacationing on lavish islands, but not at a time like we're in now. The middle class demographic is on the verge of being...well wiped out I guess you can say. So far, in my opinion, the government's answers to everything have been insufficient and I think they need to explore different avenues other than what has been done. Obviously what's been done hasn't worked. I know things aren't going to change overnight, but they need to get a move on because these children are suffering in an unimaginable way. Just my thoughts.

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Comment by Lac on June 3, 2009 at 3:18am
Imagine growing up living with different people all the time. One minute you are at grandma's, then aunties, then the play-play aunties, etc., Imagine having to move every single year as a child and attending eleven different schools. Imagine hearing mental and physical abuse in the home frequently during the week as it unfolds down to you as a child.

Now imagine the kids around you and their lives. Nice clothes, plenty of food, and great relationship with their families.

Imagine the recession having NOTHING to do with this problem. This is an everyday thing with children. This is parents either not knowing how to be parents, not ready to being a parent, not wanting to be a parent, and not doing whats responsible as a parent.

Yes the recession can affect quite a few kids, but truth is majority were affected way before the recession. By the way, that child was me and quite a few of the other kids around me growing up.

My two. Peace.



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COLORS & STRIPES: Beyonce Treks Through The Rain In NYC

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Beyonce is back in these NYC streets. And she's headed to another fab event. Peep Queen Bey and her colorful candids inside….


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Following an appearance at her husband’s TIDAL music streaming launch yesterday, Beyonce is back “on the run.”

Queen Bey stepped out of her NYC office making a bold and colorful statement with her outfit-of-the-day. Blue Ivy’s mom braved the rain in a Marco De vincenzo Fall 2015 rainbow Lurex knit midi dress layered with a blue trench coat and blue braided heels as she made her way to the Chanel Metiers d'Art show at the Park Avenue Armory.

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Bey's longtime bodyguard Julius was on hand holding her umbrella to keep her dry.

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Are we feelin' the "Drunk In Love" singer's colorful look?



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Lupita Nyong’o GLOWS On Harper’s Bazaar UK May 2015 “New Face Of Beauty” Issue

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Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o brings her stunning features and flawless skin to the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine’s May 2015 issue. And she does NOT disappoint with her breathtaking cover and gorgeous spread. Soak in her beauty inside…

Take notes! This is how you effortlessly SLAY a magazine cover.

Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is absolutely stunning on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK May 2015 issue, dubbing her “The New Face of Beauty.”

We don’t necessarily agree with her being the “new” face of beauty since she’s been serving gorgeousness since she hit the scene, but she definitely embodies all things beautiful.

Shot by Alexi Lubormirski, the Kenyan beauty is radiant, flashing her pearly whites with a beautiful pink flower in her hair. The Lancôme ambassador, whose rise to fame has been nothing short of a whirlwind, sits down with magazine journalist Sophie Elmhirst in London for the cover story.

In a snippet from her interview, the Yale graduate opens up about finally getting to a point where she’s comfortable enough with herself to let loose and dance in front of people. She said before, she was afraid to dance and would be worried if she looked “cute”. But now, she doesn’t care. She’s owning who she is and doesn’t care who’s watching. She spilled,

“There was a time when I was afraid to dance. My older sister would dance with abandon,’ she continues. “She would do it to entertain. I was so mortified at the thought of wiggling my body in any direction. And I wrestled with myself, because I didn’t want to be so self-conscious. I wanted to be able to enjoy music and not care that I looked cute. I don’t know when something switched in my head, but I’m so glad it did, because I feel like dancing, and being able to enjoy one’s body for oneself is such a precious, precious thing. For yourself, you know?’ She pauses. ‘If this had happened to me at a time when I couldn’t dance – ha – my God, I think I would be way more of a wreck.”


Peep the Harper's Bazaar subscriber's cover (which we showed you yesterday) and her spread below: 

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Dress: Louis Vuitton

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Dress: Louis Vuitton




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IN THESE NYC STREETS: LaLa Anthony Stunts At The ‘Woman In Gold’ NYC Premiere + Ciara Brings The Fab On Promo Run

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Besties LaLa Anthony and Ciara were spotted in the streets of NY. Peep their gorge looks inside….

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Well hello gorgeous!

Mom, author and budding actress LaLa Anthony got pretty before an evening out on the town yesterday. The wife of NBA baller Carmelo Anthony slipped into a sexy LBD by Altuzarra paired with Jimmy Choo pointed pumps to attend the premiere of drama flick Woman In Gold (April 1st) at The Museum of Modern Art.


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The “POWER” star (who has a new self-help book in the works) brought sophistication and sass as she smiled and posed it up on the red carpet. LaLa even had a little fun with her hair, rocking purple tips for a pop of color.

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On Instagram, LaLa captioned, "Saw an incredible movie tonight called WOMAN IN GOLD with Helen Mirren based upon the story of this Klimt masterpiece worth over 135 Million Dollars. So awesome to actually see this in person with @shaunaperl #history #artlife"


Also in NYC.... 

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Ciara (who celebrated her 29th birthday with her bestie LaLa in October) was looking gorgeous as she made her promo rounds in NYC today.

The mom-of-one was spotted leaving “Live with Kelly and Michael” studio after chatting about her new album and upcoming tour.

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The "I Bet" singer is currently making her way back on the music scene after giving birth to Baby Future with her brand new album titled JACKIE (named after her mother) and upcoming tour.

Earlier today, she announced Part 1 of the “Jackie Tour,” which is scheduled to kick off May 3rd in Chicago and is expected to end May 31st in San Francisco. And her new album is rumored to drop in May. Peep the newly released cover art here.



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