I don’t really know how to write about everything that’s going on in our world. It makes me so sad I can hardly stand it. There are times that hope seems lost, but then I look at these small people:

This family is my greatest joy and hope. And our children are our only hope. We have to make our children feel safe, and we have to arm them with knowledge and the power that they matter to us and that life is awesome and that we can handle anything together.

“How long before we realize that how we think about each other and take care of each other is the only way we can stop this madness? Children growing up in environments of deprivation and fear are going to grow up angry and aggressive. Children who grow up in a constant state of anxiety not knowing to whom to turn for comfort and solace grow up isolated and feeling alone…

Our children are our future, why is it so hard to invest in them? They need us to guide them and provide them with feelings of safety and love. They need structure and boundaries more than spankings and harsh words. If they are treated with patience and compassion they will learn patience and compassion. If they meet the world with hope and confidence they may not feel the need to have guns to protect themselves from the unknown.

It is time to look at ourselves and take responsibility for what is going on in the world. One child at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time, building toward a future in which we all feel safe and unafraid of one another.”
– Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW