Society can only do so much. Those who are closest to abusive and/or dysfunctional parents must intervene. Teachers shouldn’t be the go-to person to solve a child’s homelife situation. While teachers have an important role to play, it’s really unfair to ask them to be the teacher, parent, psychologist, friend, minister, disciplinarian, and tote a gun on their side if chaos breaks out in the school.
Relatives, grandparents, and those who are next of kin have an important role to play in ending generational dysfunction and abuse. Take a look at this video and learn a lesson about passing on good parenting skills. Those who see and know when children are being abused and neglected, must come rushing in like this grandmother elephant did and intervene to save a child’s life.
Surely, if an elephant, whose cerebral cortex is one-third that of a human’s can intervene and save a life, why do we sit by and say, “ain’t it awful”?
I’m reminded of Mordecai’s words to Esther. He told her, “If you remain silent at this time, … you and your father’s family will perish.” In other words, you have a responsibility to those who share your genes to help them get out of a dysfunctional lifestyle. If you see or hear of a child in danger, pick up the phone and call the authorities. You don’t even have to give your name.
Learn a lesson from the animals that have smaller brains. Life is all about ensuring your genetic seed prospers and keeping the next generation safe.
“Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper? Genesis 4:9