I read Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World by Johann Christoph Arnold in exchange for honest review from Fly By Blog Promotions.
About the bookThere are many forces, which threatens to hinder a child from a happy childhood. The book teaches about reclaiming childhood. The book also teaches about giving children the time and space, they need to grow.
The author discussed how the world needs children. Children help teach us things, such as love and patience. Kids are usually honest and forgiving. The author also discussed how politics and money are affecting our children's creativity and originality. Not to mention, parents are working more hours to make ends meet and not spending time needed at home. Raising kids is left up to caregivers, versus the parents.
I was one of those parents. When my oldest was younger, I had a full-time job. I worked anywhere from 5 to 7 days per week. My check, at times, was being garnished for student loans and other bills due, not to mention the ex-husband got laid off twice, which left me working 8 to 10 hours per day, on top of paying a babysitter because the ex did not want to help watch his son.
Then, I went back to school. I went to class 3-4 days per week, since I only could attend the morning sessions because of work. Get up at 4 something, head to class, go to work, come home, and repeat. His aunts was his caregivers during those times. I don't know what I would have done without them.
I didn't realize how much I missed until the ex and I separated. I miss his first day of school. I missed ARD meetings. I miss those early milestones from age 5 to 10. With Kalen, I had the chance to experience those milestones in person versus hearing them from someone else.
Both kids are special needs, but where Kalen is at his age is more advanced than where Brad was. I could not afford any services for Brad when he was younger, while Kalen started getting services for free through WIC. Now he is in a preschool for children with developmental disabilities (ppcd) at 3 years old. If I did not put him in WIC's early childhood program, Kalen would not be in school now. I wish there was something similar for Brad, 11 years ago.
I have to try to put the kids first now. They have to learn. They have to grow. I am going through an issue right now, where....I guess I have to put it out there---where Brad's former, teacher called CPS because she said I send Brad to school dirty and stinky, despite his wonderful supply of Axe, Old Spice, and Dove Men. She also complained about Brad's recent temper tantrums at school, and how I can't come get him from school when he acts up. Even though, I have no driver's license and no car.
I live in a house with a few other adults and my two kids. My niece and great niece moved in with my other sister because my niece wanted to be homeschooled. I am responsible for cleaning this house, despite my anger and resentment towards other adults, who are not helping. Even though, the house is not in my name, even though I am not the only adult here, even though I still have to raise the kids, blog, etc, I have to make sure the house is super clean, just in case. The kids have to come first. If I don't do it, no one else will.
That is the basis of the book: Putting the kids first. Allowing them to channel their imagination, their creativity, their honesty.
The book comes in paperback, Audible, and Kindle format. The paperback is Prime-Eligible.