DECEMBER 2019 THE
RAISING KIDS IN THE AGE OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS
that young lives will be stolen at a place where they should be safe is our greatest fear as parents. However, we should probably ask ourselves, “Where should this fear rank among the many things we worry about as parents?” The saying “If it bleeds, it leads” is truer today than it has ever been. We live in a world where news is brought to us instantaneously and Amber Alerts for abducted children from a state away hit our cell phones within minutes. With all of this attention on these horrifically violent incidents right in our face, we should ask ourselves, “Just how likely is my child to be the victim of a school shooting?”
Raising kids can be a challenging endeavor. When Heather and I were married in 2013, Heather agreed to take on not only a husband but also two boys: Chandler, 11, and Andrew, 12. The boys are now 18 and 19 years old and face growing up in a world very different than the one Heather and I knew as teenagers. We are far from perfect parents, but we do our best. Our newsletter chronicles some of our successes and some of our less than stellar moments. We hope you can learn from some of our failures and find some entertainment in the moments we share. The images are absolutely gut-wrenching! Merely hearing the names conjures up fear and terror: Columbine, Sandy Hook, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and most recently, Saugus. The mere thought
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