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

Chris, Adrienne, & Trinity Bosh Host A Charitable Christmas Celebration

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Miami Heat star Chris Bosh is in the giving mood this Holiday season.  Check out how he, his wife and daughter Trinity spent their pre-Christmas weekend inside...

It was a family affair yesterday in the MIA.  Chris Bosh hosted the 5th Annual Tomorrow Inc. 'Christmas with Chris Bosh' celebration.  And he brought his party-loving wife Adrienne and daughter Trinity along for the fun:

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Adrienne was on step-mommy duty as the couple left their two youngest kiddies back home:

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Oh Chris.

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And the baller, who is gearing up to take on his former teammate LeBron and the Cavs on Christmas day, snapped a pic with all the kiddies who received gifts through the organization.  Cute!

Meanwhile, we all know Adrienne loves a photoshoot.  So she posted the family's new Holiday 2014 pics featuring her and her baller hubby and kiddies Dylan, Jackson and Trinity:

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Well aren't they cute....


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Are Mel B & Husband Stephen Belafonte Ready To Call It QUITS?! + Mel B’s Mom BLASTS Stephen For Being…Abusive?

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Rumors are circulating that Mel B and her husband Stephen Belafonte may have called it quits. And to add fuel to the fire, Mel B’s mother blasted Stephen on Twitter for being abusive, following Stephen’s denial that he abuses his wife. Deets inside….

This time of year couples are usually spending more time together and make holiday memories. But for one couple, it seems things are falling apart.

Rumors are circulating that former Spice Girl and “X Factor” judge Mel B and her husband Stephen Belafonte may be calling it quits soon. It’s reported she postponed her eye surgery procedure (she recently revealed she has been blind in one eye) as she tries to sort out a possible divorce from her film producer husband.

Sources close to Mel reveal she may really be done with her husband of 7 years. The source told the Daily Mirror,

“At the moment she is discussing divorce. She knows this isn’t the easiest option. It’s going to be tough. But she knows her marriage is over.”

Last week, fans grew concerned over Mel B’s appearance on the “X Factor”, once she appeared on the show after missing the first live show on Dec. 13th. Following a hospital stay, the 39-year-old singer returned to the show on Dec. 14th and she had bruises on her face, a bruise on her cheek and scratches on her arms. A source close to the "X Factor" show revealed Stephen didn't even come to visit her during her three-day hospital stint.

The source told The Sun,

"Mel hasn't spoken to Stephen once since her admission to hospital last week and as it stands she doesn't want to see him. He didn't come to the hospital at all. The fact that he left the country before she'd even gone back on X Factor is another sign of just how bad things have become between them."

Fans instantly accused Stephen of abusing her, but he vehemently denied it, hopping on Twitter to refute the rumors. Now...Mel B's estranged mother Andrea Brown is joining in on the abuse allegations. She first praised the fact that her son-in-law may be out of her life for good, then she sent a tweet that alludes he may be abusing her daughter. She tweeted:


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Damn...this is getting messy....




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BLACKMAIL & B.S.: Nicki Minaj & Ex-Boyfriend Safaree Air Out Their Relationship Issues On Twitter

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Nicki Minaj and her ex-beau Safaree "SB" Samuels were spilling relationship tip on Twitter last night. More inside….

This break-up between Nicki Minaj and her ex-boyfriend Safaree “SB” Samuels just took a turn…for the worst. Anytime indirect (or direct) conversations happen on Twitter, they normally end badly.

Well…that’s sort of what happened with Nicki & SB. The twosome engaged in an indirect Twitter exchange last night. And it came with a little insight on what their 10-year relationship was like.

It seems Nicki isn’t really over Safaree and Safaree isn’t over Nicki. Earlier this week, the Head Barb was making her media rounds to promote her new album The Pinkprint. During an interview with Angie Martinez on Power 105, Nicki broke down in tears while talking about her boyfriend of 10-years SB. She also hinted that his thirst for "fame" was one of the primary reasons they broke up.

Then it was reported that SB was having suicidal thoughts after his break-up with the “Anaconda” raptress.

Now the two are airing out their dirty laundry on Twitter. Nicki claims SB is trying to blackmail her and is still hinting at their break-up being cause by fame. Peep her tweets (read from the bottom up):

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Safaree responded to Nicki indirectly but it was clear who he was talking to. He said he has no idea what she's talking about when she says he's trying to blackmail her. He also said, he wished she would have just called him instead of putting her thoughts on Twitter. Check his tweets (read from the bottom up):

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SB hopped on the phone with her moms! Love makes you do some crazy things....doesn't it?

In case you missed, check out Nicki's new short film where she raps about their break-up and accuses Safaree of cheating. Click HERE.


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