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Letters to the Editor

Time for America to wake up

Are you tired of hearing about shootings, suicides, bullying, substance abuse, and other violence that is plaguing our younger generation?

A recent Los Angeles Times study of all the shootings from 1999 until the present showed a pattern of trauma during childhood, and then an identifiable crisis happened within weeks or months prior to the event.

An important component when discussing solutions to these problems should be why they are doing them, One reason, in all likelihood, is their brains are not strong enough to handle the stresses put on them in everyday life. Laws and regulations have not addressed and/or alleviated these mental issues.

It is our duty to make a difference, one child at a time. It is time to step up and help our younger generations get this great country out of the downward spiral it is now in. This can be accomplished because there are so many great young adults in our society already. There are a few of our young ones that need help, but sadly, we don’t know which ones they are.

We, as parents, grandparents and mentors, are responsible for the nurturing and development of our children’s brains, from conception until their brain matures at age 24. Sometimes we make decisions and do not realize the effect it has had on the development of our child’s brain.

Providing a safe, positive, and respectful home environment in our current society is an integral part in brain development. It is not a complete solution, but a definite step in the right direction.

We have to provide our loved ones with a mindset that allows them to help themselves or others deal with the adversities being thrown at them and not revert to drugs, alcohol, bullying, or worse to ease their pain.

I urge you to contact Karla Belzer at kbelzer@illinois.edu for information about a program to help you understand the complexities of your child’s brain and how to develop it in a positive way.

Note to readers: Karla Belzer is a family life educator for the University of Illinois Extension’s Carroll, Lee and Whiteside county units.

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