“Children protected from violence are less likely to be perpetrators of violence when they grow up.”
One of the most challenging parts of parenting, I think, is really understanding that prevention is way better than cure. Sometimes, we do things with a positive intention, but enforce it in a negative way. The sad truth here is that sometimes, we end up hurting the ones we love – not only physically, but also psychologically – and sometimes, children end up being scarred for life.
Corporal punishment is still very much rampant in the Philippines, and I have been vocal about my feelings about this from day one. As someone who taught Grade 4 students a long time ago, I realized how effective gentle and positive discipline is, too. I never had to shout at my students for that one whole year I was teaching them, but really, it took a lot of changing of perspective from my end. I am just glad for that experience because it helped me think about the kind of parent I want to be when my time came to be an actual parent. But like I said, it takes a lot of work from an adult’s end – most especially because many of us did not experience homes with positive discipline as the norm. Corporal punishment is one (somehow culturally accepted) way of discipline in this country, but it really does more harm than good, and it breaks my heart knowing some children out there are not safe from this kind of treatment.
I have talked about Save The Children Organization awhile back, but today, let me talk about them again.
Aside from the many things they already do for children, they also heavily focus on putting an end to abuse. In their website, they write:
“Children can experience various forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.
Abuse can happen anywhere: At home, at school, in the community.
Abuse can happen anytime: With or without emergencies.
Growing up with violence and abuse seriously affects a child’s development, dignity, physical and psychological well-being.
Globally, 1.2 million children are trafficked every year. Meanwhile, thousands are affected by natural disasters and armed conflict. Save the Children is committed to protecting children from harm at all costs.
We do this by strengthening families’ and communities’ awareness and abilities to safely care for and protect their children.”
I am seriously thankful for the efforts this organization makes protect children from harm at all costs.
Their programs include:
- Helping children without appropriate care including neglected and/or abused children, children in institutions or other forms of alternative care and children on the move (i.e., child refugees, child migrants, trafficked children).
- Protecting children during emergencies including children subjected to sexual violence, children associated with armed groups and family separation.
- Ensuring that children are protected from injury risks and are able to attend school and have adequate recreational time.
- Ending all forms of physical and humiliating punishment of children in all settings.
- Improving the safety and well-being of vulnerable children and young people.
Moreover, they continue to lobby the government to support passage of laws that eliminate physical and humiliating punishment for children. I really appreciate it when they say child protection is everyone’s business.
As much as I support allowing parents to find their own groove and doing things their own way, I am also much in support of putting an end to abuse in any form.
I have mentioned this before, but it’s worth mentioning here again: if you are interested in helping this organization out and you believe in their causes and actions, there is an ongoing partnership between Vicks Philippines and Save The Children Philippines!
From June 01-September 30, 2018, for every 50g jar of Vicks Vaporub or Vicks Babyrub sold in Mercury Drug, PHP 1.00 goes to the child protection efforts of Save The Children Philippines! It’s really that simple!
Many of us stock up on Vicks in our homes, and really, there’s no better way to hoard them than now — I think it’s simply amazing how in the course of us caring for our little unit, that caring passes on to others and we touch more lives.
Hope this encourages you to head to the nearest Mercury Drugstore from where you are and create that ripple of care simply by caring for the people you love!
* This blogpost is published in partnership with Vicks Philippines, but all content are exclusively mine.
* For younger children, use the Vicky BABYRub (pink cap), and for all ages, kindly read the directions on how to use Vicks.