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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Future's Child Support Payments INCREASE + Chris Brown Takes A Puff While On A Jet Ski In St. Tropez + Kanye Performs At Riccardo Tisci's Ibiza B-Day Bash

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Future has to dig a little deeper for child support payments to the mother of his 11-year-old son. Meanwhile, Chris Brown is living it up on a jet ski in Saint Tropez. Deets & pics inside….

Rapper Future just struck a new custody deal with one of his baby mamas. And no it’s not Ciara.

Future and the mother of his 11-year-old son Jessica Smith have come to an agreement on visitation and child support payments. Since he’s making a little more cash nowadays, the “Honest” rapper is now paying an extra $1,200 per month in child support for his son totaling $2.800 a month. According to TMZ, Future is bringing in $50K a month. Hmm…50K seems a little low to support the lifestyle he portrays to have. #noshade

They also worked out a visitation schedule on what major holidays he will spend with Future and which ones he will spend with his mother. Jessica is also moving her son to a nicer neighborhood in Atlanta so their son can attend a better school.

Glad they could work that out.

And in other news….

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Chris Brown is still living it up in Saint Tropez…without his on-again/off-again girlfriend Karrueche.

In fact, he’s partying with a group of friends, including Miami bred video vixen Jessica Aedo.

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Seems Breezy can’t leave those cigarettes alone. He was spotted puffing on one while riding a jet ski.

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Oh, hey...

And again while relaxing on a yacht with some of his homies.

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The good life. 


The Kardashian-West clan is in Ibiza. And they are celebrating Riccardo Tisci’s birthday.  That family, Ciara, Justin Bieber and more all came out to celebrate with the Givenchy designer. And guess who performed? Kanye West. Biebz caught video of the “Black Skinhead” rapper’s performance above.

Photos/Video: FameFlyNet/Future’s IG/ Justin's IG

IT'S OVER! Michael Strahan & Nicole Murphy End Their 5-Year-Engagement

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After a five year engagement, the busiest person in the morning show world has called it quits with fiancee Nicole Murphy!  Deets inside..

It's over! "Live with Kelly & Michael" host and "GMA"'s newest addition, Michael Strahan, is now a single man again.  Both his and Nicole Murphy's reps confirmed the split to People magazine today:

The model and VH1 star ended her five-year engagement to the morning television host and retired NFL player, Murphy's rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

"They love each other very much, but with the distance and work schedule it has been hard to maintain the relationship," his rep tells PEOPLE.

And the timing isn't te best eiter.  Michael's huge Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony goes down tomorrow night.

Michael, 42, was previously married to Jean Muggli, and they share custody of their twin daughters Sophia and Isabella.  And that split was quite messy.

46-year-old Nicole, who stars on VH1's "Hollywood Exes", has five kids with Eddie Murphy and lives full time in L.A.

We can only wonder if the huge blended family and bi-coastal relationship payed a factor in the break-up.  Not to mention it seems Michael doesn't even have a minute of free time on his hands.

The twosome went through their share of rocky times.  In 2009, a source claimed that Nicole accused Michael of putting a tracking device in her car when he suspected her of cheating on her.  And in 2012, they allegedly broke up for a bit.

Did they stay together to keep up appearances?  Or were they legit trying to make it work...and life got in the way?  We'll never know...


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The Sexy Omari Hardwick Talks “Power”, How He Stays In Shape & INTERESTING Things You DIDN'T Know About Him

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Ghost, we mean the sexy Omari Hardwick, is revealing secrets. And we can’t wait to share. Find out how Omari keeps his toned physique, what it’s like collaborating with 50 Cent on “Power” AND reveals something we never knew about his musical side. Get it all and more inside….

If you haven’t been keeping up with 50 Cent’s STARZ drama series “Power,” you need to get your life.

The sexiness that is Omari Hardwick plays “Ghost,” a no-nonsense drug-kingpin who opens a high-profile nightclub in NYC to “hide” all of his illegal activity he has going on behind-the-scenes. The problem is, he’s trying to break away from the world of crime but his wife, best friend and drug associates won’t allow him to. Meanwhile, he has rekindled a relationship with a former love and is in a full fledged erotic affair (again)! Tsk…tsk…

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The season finale is on deck.  But before we’re knocked out of our seats tomorrow night, Omari did an interview giving us a better understanding of who he is and revealed a few things we never knew!

During an interview with The New Potato, Omari dished on how he prepared himself to play “Ghost,” what it’s like to collaborate with 50 Cent, how he keeps that beautiful body of his so perfect AND reveals that he writes music. In fact, he’s written a few tracks for Estelle’s new album!

Here are the highlights:

What’s it like collaborating with 50 Cent on Power?
It was an amazing gift. He was so generous and brilliant; I was pleasantly surprised to see how active he was in the process of a major network show. He has remained more present now that they’ve finished the season; that says something. I speak to him twice a week for two to three hours. He’s been a constant. He’s become a really good friend and we’ve learned a lot from each other.

Best advice from him so far…
He never sleeps or eats! He’s constantly telling me that he “whistles while he works.” [He emphasizes] having joy in your work and being able to push through exhaustion because of that joy.

Did you do anything to prepare for your part as Ghost? Was there research? If so, what?
I went outside Queens, NY where he’s from, and I watched loads and loads of documentaries. I watched a lot of The Cosby Show; I wanted to tap into the great father that he is. I’m constantly doing research while playing him.

The greatest discovery you’ve made so far playing Ghost…
How delusional, narcissistic and loving people can be, all at the same time. I never would have guessed you could be all of those things at once.

Is Power an accurate portrayal of the New York club scene? How so?
I think so. It captures the star status of the DJ: the international sound, the techno mixed with rap, and the lavish look (shout out to Anthony Hemingway; he made it look just right). The only thing that is not truthful is the lack of celebrity.

Three things nobody knows about you…
1. I’m a songwriter. I wrote three or four songs for Estelle’s new album.
2. When I’m washing the dishes, if I’m scraping food off the plate, I personify the vegetables. They have to go down the drain at the same time, like a family. I don’t know if that is OCD or I just have a high level of sensitivity about vegetables.
3. I’m secretly a cowboy. I got my first boots from my grandfather when I was five-years-old. Our way of saying “Are you good?” is to say, ”You got your boots?” I wear my cowboy boots a lot.

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I would say for breakfast, I’m pretty OCD. It’s oatmeal with fresh berries and brown sugar, or toast and egg whites with turkey – and some orange juice and water.

For lunch, I would say pasta to keep the energy going for the day – maybe a bowtie pasta with tomato sauce and meatballs, sometimes with turkey meat. Also some steamed vegetables or a mixed salad with avocado and fruit. I tend to drink water all day, but maybe a ginger ale for lunch. I also like to treat myself to an oatmeal cookie.

For dinner, pecan-crusted salmon if I’m feeling good or had a good workout. If not, just grilled salmon with asparagus and mashed potatoes. If I’m in a rush in Los Angeles, there is a place called Tender Greens that’s really good, fresh and inexpensive.

What are your workout routines?
I switch it up so much to trick my body. I’m doing Bikram yoga this week, but I take a lot of boxing classes. I also do sprints in the pool, a lot of hiking, sprinting up hills, meditation, and isometric work where I’m able to engage my core. I also play basketball when I can. My secret is drinking a lot of water, especially when I’m working.

Check out the full interview here.

What can't this man do...



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Looks like ish is getting real on the "Power" season finale. Above, Ghost and his right hand man Tommy are tied up and blindfolded in the sneak peak. Ms. Pink Sneakers has lost her mind. Find out what happens Saturday, August 2nd at 9pm ET on STARZ.

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