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.
BLACK, LATINO CHILDREN AFFECTED MOST
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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COUPLEDOM: Actress Joy Bryant & Husband Dave Grab A Taxi In NYC

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We don't see much of her, but she's a low key & fab chick who we always love to see.  "Parenthood" actress Joy Bryant was spotted hailing a New York Taxi with her husband.  Pics inside...

Actress Joy Bryant, rocking camouflage wide leg pants with an Army jacket, braids and pumps, hit the NY streets with her husband, stunt performer Dave Pope.  They were spotted waiting for a cab outside the Bowery Hotel on Thursday:

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If you aren't watching "Parenthood", you should be.  The show is in its final season on NBC.  Hopefully Joy nabs more roles like About Last Night to keep her busy....

 

Photos: Fame/Flynet

 

SAY WHAT?!: Tiny ALLEGEDLY Admits To Surgical Procedure To PERMANENTLY Change Her Eye Color

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Tired of wearing contacts to change her eye color, Tiny has taken it to the next level and allegedly got implants to change her eye color. No really. Deets inside….

First breast implants, then booty injections…now eye color-changing surgery?

Since returning from a recent vacay with her daughter Zonnique and hubby T.I., “Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip” star Tiny Harris came back with a brand new look…ice gray eyes. And apparently, she allegedly went under the knife for the permanent fix.

Once she debuted her new eye color on Instagram, rumors sparked that the reality star had undergone surgery to have her iris color changed.

Confirming rumors herself, she hopped on Instagram and confirmed she did indeed have surgery to permanently change the color of her eyes using implants to change the color from brown to “ice-gray”. She thanked the doctor who performed the procedure and seemed pleased with the "exceptional customer service" she received. She allegedly posted (and deleted):

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"I permanently changed my eye color with Brightocular and loving it! Thank you Dr. Montasser Menif for the amazing experience and for making my dream come true! I hated wearing contacts just for the color and it made my vision blurry! Blessed to say my vision is #perfect after my #ice-gray implants. Special thanks to #Spencer Vessa for all that you’ve done to make the process happen. You’re amaZing & thank you #Faiza for your exceptional customer service, For more info everyone GO visit brightocular website; and to get the #BEST #DEAL when booking your appointment, mention Promo Code #KM404 and tell them I sent you!!!"

Why does this sound like a damn infomercial? Sighs...

Her homie/stylist Shekinah Jo posted a picture of Tiny’s new look via her Instagram with the caption,
 

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"It's us!!!! @majorgirl and me!!!!! Here again in NYC to see our girl @WendyWilliams notice anything different about my buddy??"

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And Tiny also posted pics of her on the set of her first film Meet The Blacks where she's playing a character named "ShaRonda." Wondering if the role was cast for a black woman with gray eyes...

Check out this clip of Tiny's new eyes:

 

 

My lips black ass hell @majorgirl @lipsticker_ @kenya_styles

A video posted by Shekinah Anderson (@thatshekinah) on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:38pm PDT

 

Thoughts?  We know you have a few...

 

Photos: Tiny's IG via VIBE/Shekinah's IG

YBF KIDS: Viola Davis & Daughter Genesis Go Pumpkin Picking In Hollywood + Willow Smith & Jaden Smith Rock The Fader Fort Concert In Brooklyn

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Viola Davis and her daughter Genesis picked pumpkins just in time for Halloween yesterday. Meanwhile, Willow Smith and Jaden Smith hit the stage in Brooklyn for The Fader magazine’s concert in Brooklyn. Peep the pics and clips of the YBF kids’ performance inside….

Taking a break from filming, “How To Get Away With Murder”, star Viola Davis and her adorable daughter Genesis spent their Friday evening picking pumpkins for Halloween.  Peep this adorableness.

The mother-daughter duo hit up Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in West Hollywood with family. And Viola couldn’t get enough kisses from her precious baby girl.

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Loves it.

In TV news, “How To Get Away With Murder” has been nominated for Logo TV’s 2014 Now Next Award. You can find out if the ABC series is the winner when it airs Dec. 7th on Logo and re-airs Dec. 12th on MTV.

In Brooklyn....

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Looks like Willow Smith is gearing up to kick off her singing career once again.

After releasing a few tracks of her own, 13-year-old Willow Smith was tapped to perform before a packed crowd at The Fader magazine’s FORT concert in Brooklyn last night.

Before her 14th birthday this Halloween, she and her brother Jaden Smith wowed the stage with their performance, vibing to some of their original tunes. Willow performed a few tracks from her upcoming EP titled 3, which is expected to be released on iTunes Nov. 10th.
 

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After performing three tracks from her forthcoming EP, she brought her brother Jaden up to rock out on stage to her 2010 debut hit “Whip My Hair.”

She was also joined on stage by songstress SZA to perform their duet “Domino“ at The Fort for the magazine’s three-day music event.
 

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And the Smith kids had a little fun backstage before rocking the mic. Ha!

Peep clips from their performances below:

 

Big brother Jaden joining Willow on stage at #FADERFORTConverse.

A video posted by The FADER (@thefader) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:39pm PDT

 

 

 

@gweenos and brother @theaquaticstevezissou perform a #throwback classic. #whipmyhair #FADERFORTConverse

A video posted by The FADER (@thefader) on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:09pm PDT

 

 

 

@justsza joins Willow Smith (@gweelos) on the #FADERFORTConverse stage.

A video posted by The FADER (@thefader) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:29pm PDT

 

Nice!

 

Photos: Splash/Willow's IG/TheFader's IG

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