Nevertheless, we should never stop pushing against this darkness. This week's "winner" evoked a variety of visceral responses in me, motivating this piece.
While being a very young mother can account for some vulnerability and lack of knowledge, we find our winner in need of MAJOR mentoring and help with parenting skills. It seems a young Scottish mother recently found police at her door after closing her 2 year old with Down Syndrome in a front-loading washing machine, snapping a photo of it, and posting it on social media.
The 21 year old mother claims that her child climbed inside the washer himself, which she also states was unplugged. She merely posted the photo "for a laugh." Subsequently, she was indignant that police would not let her know who called them to check on the well-being of her son.
|Not even my pet would get closed in a laundry machine "for a laugh."|
Given the wider lack of regard for human dignity in our culture, as evidenced by the horrific Planned Parenthood expose videos that keep coming forth, I suppose it should come as little surprise that this young lady had such disregard for the dignity of her own son. However, affirming human worth should begin at home, through the voices of parents who value their children. Furthermore, it behooves each of us to come alongside young parents, supporting and encouraging them, so they aren't making ugly, unfortunate blunders like this.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9, NIV)
~ Barb Dittrich
*Source: A Mom Posted a Photo of a Toddler With Down Syndrome In a Washing Machine ‘For a Laugh’