“It always amazes me that we can feel sorrow for the abused/neglected child yet contempt for the adult they grow into.”
(paraphrased from a quote of an author I cannot remember!)
This quote hits home for me. Working with children in some capacity since I was 17 years old, I have always seen the solution to the problem as relatively simple: Invest in a child today so that they don’t become a problem of tomorrow.
Ask yourself, “Am I doing the most I possibly can to invest into the children of tomorrow?” Whether it be donating money or your time to an after school program, taking the time to mentor children in your neighborhood or even writing letter to your government in support of programs for public schools, it all counts.
If you aren’t doing your best, please don’t complain or be surprised when twenty years from now those same children break into your house and rob you.
It takes a village.