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.



Young, Black, and Fabulous

YBF KIDS: Julez Hits Coachella With Mom Solange & Alan + Willow Smith Gets BRIGHT At Coachella + Ming & Aoki Lee Simmons Hit Miami Beach With Russell

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Your fave celeb kids spent the weekend playing on the beach...and on the fields at Coachella.  Peep the pics inside of Julez, Willow Smith, and Aoki & Ming Lee Simmons....

Before Solange's performance on Saturday, she hit the Polo Fields in Indio, CA at Coachella to take her 9-year-old son Julez Smith, Jr. and boyfriend Alan to watch a few bands perform:

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Look at Blue ivy's big cousin...growing up so fast!


And speaking of growing up fast:

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13-year-old Willow Smith hit up the second day (for weekend 2) of Coachella on Saturday with her homies the Jenner girls and her big brother Jaden.  She kept it bright and funky in a multicolored halter top, jeans and more of her eclectic style.


And down in Miami:

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Aoki & Ming Lee Simmons were spotted on the beach with their dad Russell Simmons.

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Ming is getting so tall!  And the 14-year-old is looking like her mom, Kimora's, mini me.


Photos: Pacific Coast News

Tae Heckard & Brandon Jennings, Rihanna, The Game, MiMi Faust & More DRINK UP At TOXIC Day Party

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Celebs were out in full force at The Return of #ToXicDayParty in Hollywood yesterday afternoon.  Check out Tae Heckard and baller Brandon Jennings boo'd up, Rihanna sippin' in the cut, The Game chillin' with his assistant, MiMi Faust making her post-porn rounds and more....


The celebs who skipped out on Coachella opted for TOXIC's big ass day party instead on Saturday. The extra celeb-packed party was powered by LAs Finest with DJ Drama & Don Cannon on the 1's and 2's.

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Rihanna made an appearance and was spotted posted up with her best friend Melissa and Justin Combs.

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Tae Heckard and Pistons baller Brandon Jennings are getting more and more comfortable putting their relationship on public status.  They were spotted posing it up with Miss Diddy LA and looking extra happy...together.

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Redskins baller Desean Jackson made an appearance.

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MiMi Faust is still milking her extended 15 minutes of fame.  She was spotted posing it up with fellow ATLien Jermaine Dupri.


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Think Like A Man Too star and E! News host Terrence J snapped in his grill and hit the party.

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He knocked back some drinks with his homies Damien Dante Wayans, Fred, Chaka Zulu and more.

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The Game looked worry-free while hugged up with his assistant Leaux Steez.  He seems unfazed about all the drama going down with is estranged fiancée Tiffney Cambridge.  All those restraining order and ish...


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Trey Songz snapped some selfies with fans.

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And Drama had the party on turnt status it seems.  What did it smell like in there....


Photos: Adrian Sidney

COUPLEDOM: Meagan Good & DeVon Franklin's Cutesy Dinner Date + Jordin Sparks Flosses Hot New Bikini Bod In Vegas With Jason Derulo

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While Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin were all smiles at dinner in L.A. last night, Jordin Sparks was flossing that fab new bikini body in Vegas alongside her boyfriend Jason Derulo....



Actress Meagan Good was spotted leaving Craig's restaurant after having dinner with husband DeVon Franklin and family in West Hollywood.  And she's rocking new curly hair that we're loving:

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Cute!  Meagan's gearing up for the full out promo tour for Think Like A Man Too:

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Casual, comfy and cute is her staple look.  And we're feeling it.


In other couple's news:

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Yep, this is what Jordin Sparks is looking like now.  The "No Air" singer has been in hard core workout mode for the last several months (or longer).  And she showed off her progress in a tiny striped bikini (that she saved from the 90's) and Louboutin wedges on the red carpet at Tao Beach Season's grand opening in Vegas. 

And her boo Jason Derulo was right by her side to hold on to those curves and to host the event.

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She told her fans about her big step she's taking by hitting such a public event in a barely-there swimsuit:

My bathing suit today! BIG step for me to wear something like this on a carpet. Yeah, yeah, yeah I know it was for a pool party...but for ME, this was HUGE. I'm still learning more about my health & body confidence everyday! I always want to keep growing! Some of the pics might look crazy & that's okay! Will there be some unflattering angles? Yeah. Will I have some jiggle here, some flab there? YUP. Am I continuously working to be fit & healthy? SURE AM! I've come a long way from where I was! I love my life! I love who I am & who I'm becoming!! One step at a time... (This bathing suit is Pan Dulce from the mid 90's. My parents owned a tanning salon for a bit & when they closed it, I kept all the extra suits. They didn't fit me then but they sure do now! I JUST took the tag off of this one today!!

We don't see any of these problem areas you speak of Jordin.  Keep up the fabulous work!

More pics of the 24-year-old singer/actress hottie:


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"Talk Dirty To Me" singer Jason recently revealed how the twosome are handling the "industry pressure" to get married:

'What we have is amazing and what we have is forever, so there is no rush.  When the time is right and the stars are aligned perfectly.  I always have to tell myself to not allow [speculation] to interfere in the beauty that we have, and I hope that she knows that as well.'

Do you....


Photos: WENN/Pacific Coast News


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