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The Least of These

Earlier this month, Texas pageant mom, Tori Hensley, acknowledged giving her toddler daily caffeine to boost the child’s energy.

Last week, an Ohio day care worker was charged with drugging the youngsters entrusted to her. Tammy Eppley is said to have sprinkled Benadryl and melatonin into the children’s food with the goal of getting them to sleep all day. Eppley had bragged of her success to friends.  She now contends she was merely joking.

Hopefully, these situations have not yet resulted in permanent injury to the youngsters involved.  They do, however, illustrate the vulnerability of children .

We will be held to account both for what we inflict on these little ones, and for what we deny them that is necessary for their proper growth and development.

“…’Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me‘ ” (Matt. 25: 40).

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Kiddie Pageants

A kiddie pageant mother who padded her four year old daughter’s chest and bottom to simulate Dolly Parton is now in a custody dispute with the child’s father.

It is difficult to say whether kiddie pageants are more disturbing or the so called “reality” shows based around them.  To many of us, the pageants are a short step away from kiddie porn.  Clearly, children should not be sexualized so early.

The adults operating and parents participating in such pageants take the view that the activity is harmless — even positive — for the children taking part.

Young children are not, of course, aware why they are being encouraged to gyrate and smile on cue.  They simply do or attempt to do what their parents ask of them.  These primped and padded little girls quickly, however, learn the meaning of “failure” and all too soon learn to associate failure and success with their looks.

Watching little egos alternately inflated and battered is painful.  Which is why many of us turn the pageants off.

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