As a mother and teacher, I join America in being deeply troubled that a human being can stand in front of children and shoot. I have heard many people ask where God was on Dec. 14 and place blame. The finger points at the human heart, and laws won’t change that. We don’t know much about the Lanza family, but I would like to suggest we consider the following points as we make our resolutions.
• Men need to make their wife and children their paramount responsibility. There is no safer place for a child than in a family where parents love them and care for each other. Aside from abusive relationships, we have to get family right.
• Parents (and children) need to eat better, sleep better, exercise more and live within their means so they can parent proactively and not reactively. Kids need engaged, healthy parents and not electronic parental substitutes. Also, the healthier we are the more reserve we have to notice the Nancy Lanzas and reach out.
• Mental illness is a crisis. There should be a support group in every city in America. Let’s work together, remove the stigma and begin freeing parents from their private prisons.
• Find a church in the neighborhood and begin faithfully feeding our souls.
These are a few things to consider as we move into the new year. The objects in our rear-view are closer than they appear.