Please Don’t Call My Toddler a “Heartbreaker” — Coffee & Cacti

This is a beautifully written, very direct and eye-opening message from a mother who helps you to realize that your words do have power, that they can plant seeds of growth or destruction, and that we all must be mindful of the roles that we play in the raising up of generations of babies and young children. Everyone should read, digest, and share this message. Thank you to Coffee & Cacti for taking the time to put into words a call to action to stop the sexism that has ran rampant for far too long!

~Natasha [The Paradigm Life]

Please Don’t Call My Toddler a “Heartbreaker”

Please don’t call my toddler son a heartbreaker. Or a ladies man. Or a lady killer. Or say “watch out girls!” Or make comments about him flirting with you, when he’s just smiling. Or make any other comments about his future sexuality that is far, far from being developed. I know you mean well. I […]

via Please Don’t Call My Toddler a “Heartbreaker” — Coffee & Cacti

Highlights of Efforts Towards Improving Education and More for Rwandan Children

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA

I ran across two stories impacting Rwandan children and of course, their teachers, families and communities that brought a smile to my face. The first article is about Rwandan children speaking up and sharing their views about education, their needs, and what they hope to gain from he dialogue with adults and country leaders.

Something else that brought a smile to my face is the thought that with positive change for one community and one nation, also brings the potential for positive change in other communities and nations. The second article that I have included below speaks to how a positive change and need in Rwanda will also benefit those in Kenya.

Please read and if so inclined, share your thoughts.

Rwanda: Children Need Role Models
The Just-concluded 7th National Children’s Summit offered Rwandan
children the perfect platform to air their views before adults and
the country’s leaders on matters affecting them and how they want
them solved.
http://www.newtimes.co.rw/index.php?issue=14863&article=48859&term=Children%20Need%20Role%20Models

Jobs Galore for Teachers as Rwanda Seeks Tutors
Rwanda is planning to hire at least 4,000 teachers from the East
African Community this month, opening an employment window for
thousands of unemployed teachers in the region.
http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/Jobs+galore+for+Kenyan+teachers+as+Rwanda+seeks+tutors+/-/2558/1301920/-/bfneii/-/index.html

Copyright 2012. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

South Africa: Parents Talk Openly About Sexuality and Relationships

Children and young people continue to lack accurate and comprehensive
knowledge of HIV and how to avoid sexual transmission of HIV. The
silence around sexuality in general and children’s sexuality in
particular generates misconceptions, myths and misinformation which
contribute to children and adolescents risky sexual practices.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201109081406.html

Osama Bin Laden, Suddam Hussein, Muammar al-Gaddafi: A Reflection

By Natasha L. Foreman

The reflection below was taken from today’s Breaking Bread with Natasha blog “Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.2.11”. It seemed appropriate to share within the context of my other blogs with the omission of the scriptural text and prayer that preceded the reflection. Read it, reflect on it and then share your thoughts.

Reflection

People ignore the fact that Osama Bin Laden killed ALL people including Muslims in the name of Allah- God- our Father- yet people focus on religion and not on the inhumanity of what this man did to all people including his own. They believe this to be a religious war of Muslims against Christians and Jews, when this was simply a political war. Just like Gaddafi and Hussein, Osama Bin Laden was not a holy man fighting in God’s name; he was a hurt man fighting for and in his name because of his pride, ego, and resentment of those who he perceived were taking advantage of him and his people. He was tired of the powers-that-be gaining wealth off of his country’s natural resources; he was tired of imperialism taking place in his and neighboring countries by westerners and that other nations were pimping his people for their benefit- but he went about it the wrong way.

Bin Laden just like Hussein and Gaddafi had political issues with others, especially the western world and more specifically the United States just like Timothy Mcveigh, Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier (Oklahoma City bombers) were enraged by the acts of the U.S. government- and they all lashed out using fear and hate to get a message across to the government.

Bin Laden used fear and internal pain to address his concerns. He used God as the motivation to instill fear, unite other hurt and disenfranchised people against the world and against other Muslims who did not follow their beliefs; and he twisted God’s words, the words of the Koran to serve his mission to inflict pain on everyone and anyone he felt deserved it. Osama Bin Laden was a political extremist who used the facade of religion to instill fear in the world. Anyone who has ever read all or part of the Koran knows that the lies he was spouting were not of the Koran- but of his hurt heart and twisted mind that had grown sicker as the “enemy” planted more seeds of fear inside of him.

So as you may celebrate the conquering of a fear monger, of a murderer of thousands- you should also stop to pray for all religious, political, and ethnic communities worldwide because if we do not learn to come together and find healthier ways to work out our differences we will be the reason the world comes to an end. If we find it in our hearts to celebrate the death of another human being, we have that same darkness in us that was in him, Hussein, and what we also believe to be in Gaddafi- it’s just waiting to grow and take over.

We should pray and be thankful for victory over evil- but not be narrowly focused on individuals because this is not about one or two or twenty or even two thousand men this is about the evil that has plagued all nations, all religions, all people since the beginning of time. Evil can’t be labeled and categorized to one group of people because it can seep into each and every one of us if our guards are down and our faith is not strong. So pray, be humble and show grace during these times.

I love you all,

Natasha

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