Bad Choices: Big Consequences

Have you warned your children that there are always consequences for bad behavior? You may not get caught lying, cheating, bullying, stealing, or hurting other people, but you are a unique spiritual being, and your conscience records your behavior.

If you steal, bully, or intentionally hurt someone, you may feel good at the moment, but your conscience will eventually catch up with you.

You start to feel bad about yourself and try to feel good by taking drugs to escape who you are becoming. Or, you may turn to sex or violence to find immediate gratification. Some people end up homeless with drug problems because they can’t handle relationships or responsibilities.

On the other hand, when you do something for someone else, you feel good, and the reward is not money but an inner knowing that you made someone else happy. Good behavior increases your self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-esteem.

Every human being is born with a powerful inner spirit with the choice to do good or bad. It doesn’t matter if you had good or bad parenting; you are ultimately responsible for your behavior regardless of your circumstances. It is a difficult lesson to learn, but we all have the power to change and make life worth living.

Growing up, I didn’t have any spiritual understanding, but when I was abandoned, I remembered what my grandmother said when I was ten. “If you have a problem or need help, you can always turn to God.” That simple statement saved my life!

Let children know they have the power to rise above abuse and neglect. Never accept sinking into anger, depression, loneliness, or following the crowd. With God, you are never alone. Anyone can choose to become humble and pray to break the bonds of inner slavery and grow from their powerful spirit. Everyone can forgive and become free from emotional pain with the ability to discover their inner peace!

Our founding fathers understood, “In God We Trust.” That’s what true freedom is all about!


Stephanie L. Mann
Stephanie L. Mann
Stephanie Mann co-authored, Alternative to Fear: Guidelines to Safer Neighborhoods,” which helped launch the national “Neighborhood Watch” Program. Within 2 1/2 years, involved residents in her community (17,500 residents) decreased crime 48%, WITHOUT a local police department. Mann worked as a community leader, neighborhood organizer, county coordinator, state consultant and authored, “Safe Homes, Safe Neighborhoods: Stopping Crime Where You Live” (Nolo Press 1993) In 2010, while working in Richmond CA, with “Mother’s Against Senseless Killings,” Mann saw people too scared to be involved or report crimes. She wrote, “The Adopt-A-Block Guidebook,” with an easy-to-follow guide for existing groups and “My first steps to a safe neighborhood” for citizens. These booklets give individuals and groups the tools to reach out and bring people together to help each other. Stephanie started a homeless men’s support group while working with “The Mary Ann Wright Foundation” in Oakland CA. She recognized the need to support children at an early age and wrote, “Street Safe Kids: 10 Step Guide for Teens and Adults” (which has been used in after-school programs) to help youth grow strong from within to develop self-esteem and stay centered. Book available on The Safe Kids Now National website states, “Every child needs a healthy family and neighborhood to stay safe.” In partnership with the CARR Foundation, a binder, “Safe Neighborhoods: Access to a Healthy Community,” was created for city leaders to make neighborhoods safer for families and neighborhoods. Stephanie’s books strengthen families and can decrease the social isolation that fuels bullies, domestic violence, abuse, drugs, gangs, and other destructive behaviors.”

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  1. Thanks Darlene! We are a reactive society, NOT a preventive society! Children are paying a very high price when they make bad choices. Just on the news, in some areas, they now have vending machines with free Narcan packets. Narcan can save lives if someone takes a pill with Fentanyl. When will we wake up and shut down the border? Thousands of young people have died! So tragic!!