Moms – Cycle of Poverty

Kara Powell | Sep 2, 2010

One of the things that is heartbreaking to me, and I’m guessing you too, is how poverty is such a vicious cycle - so hard to escape. An article in the Washington Post a few days ago sheds a bit of light on why.

Here’s an excerpt from the article summarizing the research:

“In what was described as the first detailed portrait of its kind, researchers reported that one in nine infants in poverty had a mother with severe depression and that such mothers typically breastfed their children for shorter periods than other mothers who were poor.

‘A mom who is too sad to get up in the morning won’t be able to take care of all of her child’s practical needs,’ said researcher Olivia Golden, who co-authored the paper with two colleagues at the District-based Urban Institute. ‘If she is not able to take joy in her child, talk baby talk, play with the child - those are features of parenting that brain development research has told us contribute to babies’ and toddlers’ successful development.’”

That just makes me so very sad - as a mom and as a follower of Christ. Kids from backgrounds of poverty have so many disadvantages and this research highlights yet another one. I’m so glad that so many of you are involved in Deep Justice work both locally and globally. One person at a time, we can make a difference.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


More from this author

More From Us

Hello, WELCOME TO FYI
Join the community

Sign up for our email today and choose from one of our popular free downloads sent straight to your inbox. Plus, you’ll be the first to know about our sales, offers, and new releases.

Join the community

Sign up for our email today and choose from one of our popular free downloads. Plus, you’ll be the first to know about our sales, offers, and new releases.