In every administration, the First Lady has a huge opportunity to positively impact the country. In the past, we had First Ladies that did great work. Nancy Reagan raised awareness of drug addiction. Barbara Bush helped bring literacy to millions of children.
Recently, however, that hasn’t been the case. Michelle Obama used her position to force an agenda on school children. Masking it as health, she punished public school students with limited food choices and obligatory “recreation.” It made her very unpopular among children.
Now that that nightmare is over, we have a new First Lady in the White House. Melania Trump has received as much attention as her husband. Word has come out that she is prepared to launch her initiatives that will define her time at First Lady.
Melania’s calling it “Be Best.” From USA Today:
“Be Best is an awareness campaign dedicated to the most valuable and fragile among us: our children,” she said, clad in a white skirt and a caramel-colored leather jacket.
“There is one goal: to educate children about the many issues they are facing today,” she said. “If we truly listen to what our kids have to say, whether it’s their concerns or ideas, adults can provide them the support and tools they need to grow up and be happy productive adults.”
Here’s more from NPR:
Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham tells NPR there are “many issues” facing children today, and that the first lady’s initiatives will try to help them to handle those challenges. Grisham says the first lady will continue to focus on many of the subjects she has addressed in the past…
Social media and its effect on children will be one part of Melania Trump’s agenda, Grisham says. Children and opioid addiction will also be a priority.
Far too often, children are neglected. So much attention is paid to those in power that we forget them. Even though they will grow up to inherit the world we create.
Like other First Ladies before her, Melania wants to make a positive impact on children. Education is languishing in our country—thanks to corrupt teacher’s unions. Children face greater challenges to a healthy upbringing—thanks to the toxic nature of social media.
The threat of drug addiction has never been greater. Thanks to corporate greed and neglect from past leaders, the opioid crisis has run out of control. While many might focus on how adults are impacted by this problem, children are often the victims as well. Children who undergo medical procedures are exposed to the same powerful drugs that have ensnared many adults.
There are many problems facing the children of our nation. Compounding those issues is the fact children are not equipped to deal with these problems on their own. While adults are old enough to confront issues and make positive choices, children are far too young to do that. They need support from adults. Often that is not the case.
With the First Lady casting light on these challenges, many people will join the case. Trump has an incredible platform to bring positive help and change to the children of the United States. As well as children around the world.