It has been one whole year since the mass shootings of young children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, yet the fear still resonates with parents all over our great nation. We still have to wonder how and why a tragedy to this extent has to be carried out.
Due to the severe impact of a tragedy of this nature, some people would recommend that those trying to conceive just give up the desire to be a parent; that this world is just too dangerous a place to bring a child into. Other people would recommend that people do have children; that the chance of this type of tragedy happening to you is slight. Whatever you decide has to be right for you.
Yes, it is scary when someone decides to play God and eliminate several innocent children for no particular reason, but is this a reason to kowtow and give up the dream of becoming a mother or a father? There is no guarantee that something like this will not happen, but what you can do is to love and respect your child each and every day you are graced with their presence! It is true that ‘today is a present!’
While many people are focusing on gun control, don’t forget that the people that get guns to commit these types of crimes will get them no matter what! Another thing that should be noted and is many times overlooked is the fact that guns do not commit murder, people commit murder!
What needs to be the center of any good parents’ world is that the school that their child attends should practice school safety and that mental health is considered as much as physical health. If you notice that your child is displaying destructive tendencies, it is your right and your responsibility to get to the root of the issue. Although it was an adult that caused this terrible tragedy, there have been times when the assailant is a child.
Parents need to really listen, absorb and attempt to understand the modern-day child. Each of us has had hardships, but children today are much more advanced that we were at their age; they have to deal with some serious issues that may or may not have been present during the time that we were growing up.
As you are making the decision to be a parent or not, just remember that history does not have to repeat itself. You can help your child to live a happy and carefree life. Get involved and stay involved is the best parenting advice that you will ever receive. Taking one step outside of your child’s inner circle could lead to more disaster than any other outside source.
Don’t give up being a parent because something may potentially happen, just be a parent that stays on the inside track. There is no way to predict tragedy, but there are ways to be a great parent no matter what!