Many people and cultures throughout the world condone the practice of using corporal punishment to discipline children. But should they? UNICEF doesn’t think so.
It’s the annual Queen of Hearts Beauty Pageant in Statesboro, Ga., and 3-year-old Paisley’s mom, Wendy Dickey, has the perfect costume for her. Paisley walks onstage wearing a blue miniskirt, a white tank top, high black boots and a blonde wig.
As we observe the 25th anniversary of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Thursday, Pope Francis’ recent call for the elimination of life sentences and abolition of all criminal penalties for children is especially noteworthy.
Ginny Deerin walked out of a psychologist’s office one day in 1995, wrapped in thought.
It had been a difficult year. She had faced family illness and relationship challenges, and she was questioning her role at work and in the community, although she was quite successful as development director of the Hollings Cancer Center for the Medical University of South Carolina.
In counseling, she learned ways to better communicate, to listen and to be empathetic. These tools were so helpful, she was stunned she hadn’t been introduced to them sooner.
“Why didn’t anyone teach me this when I was young?” she wondered.