More than 1,700 kids homeless in Vegas
The data for this post came from this news story: Las Vegas Homeless Youth Survey
A survey of homeless youth in Las Vegas in 2006 revealed that of the 1700 kids living in Vegas:
75-percent are between the ages of 15 and 17.
25-percent were born in Las Vegas.
66-percent have parents still living in the valley.
Runaways – One out of three homeless teens say they left home to escape physical, sexual or mental abuse.
Throwaways - More than one out of five were kicked out by their parents
Gangs – More than a third are involved with gangs.
Love, Pure Love
It is so very unfortunate that so many kids find the streets more hospitable than their homes. It is a rough life out there and most kids don’t know what they are getting into. Many do go back home, and too many are driven away again. What they want is love, what they get is trouble. They have a love well that is empty, and what they often find is what they left, someone digging that well deeper rather than filling it up.
Parents seldom recognize that a child might actually run away rather than just threaten.
I can tell you this: when a child shows any emotional signs of distress or rebellion or becomes surly and possibly depressed, it is time to turn on the love. Pure love, no comments, no criticism, no questions, no reaction to anything the child says other than love. A big hug, a giant hug, a verbal commitment: “I love you son.” “I’m here for you son.”
Meet them at the door with a hug, see them off with a hug, give no response to cutting remarks other than “I love you.”
If your child begins to taunt you and you snap back in kind or threaten, then you are driving a wedge that will be hard to remove. The only answer to taunts is love – nothing said other than “I love you son” or “I love you daughter”. In less than two days, your child will come around. Their first reaction is to stare, then to test, then to question, then to melt.
Love, pure love is the answer.
More on this later. I have a first person account for you.
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