Archive | August 2011

It Takes a Village to Raise A Child

“It Takes a Village to Raise A Child”  is attributed to an old African proverb. The origin of this phrase has no documented history. However, it teaches eternal truth. There has been many books written on this premise. All relate to a community taking care of a child.

When I was a kid, the neighborhood took care of us. They were the eyes and ears of my parents. We didn’t need babysitters. If I hooked school or said something I wasn’t suppose to say or acted disrespectful, somehow my mother always found out and boy when she got home from work there was hell to pay. Needless to say, that made me a lot more mindful about what I did when Mom or Dad wasn’t looking because I knew that she had friends in the neighborhood who was looking.

Our communities have become alienated, unsafe, and gang and drug infested. Our neighbors often retreat behind closed and double locked doors and try to ignore the community outside. As a result, when kids walk outside our doors, there is no one helping us to make sure they are safe. There is no village.

When there is a network of friends, family, a community, and a neighborhood, life is so much easier. So, it does take a village, to work with the family, to raise a child and get through life’s ups and downs. To get that kind of support, we have to look at ourselves. Building a good community is a charity effort.
You’ve all heard that saying “United we stand, divided we fall.” It’s time to unite for the sake of ourselves and our our families. Cooperation is just as important as competition. Right now, I believe it is very critical, especially when all around us we see people not cooperating, especially with many of the leaders that we are suppose to look to for guidance and support are doing just the opposite.

Today, make it a point to reach out to someone in your neighborhood and be the first to make your neighborhood your village.

No man, woman, or family is an island.