How Do I Talk to My Kids About Gun Violence?

Sadly, mass shootings and gun violence have become a heartbreaking reality in our country. As with many parents, each tragic incident leaves me with a sick feeling in my stomach. But the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, hit much closer to home. My niece and her husband, as well as my nephew graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and I have family members who are very much part of the Parkland community. I’ve seen firsthand how the school shooting has profoundly impacted them and their friends. And, I pray for peace and strength in their community. I know many [...]

2019-07-08T10:34:14-04:00April 19th, 2018|

Building a Place of Safety for Our Children

I typically don’t comment on current news items, but when I saw Randall Margraves on TV go ballistic in a Michigan courtroom a few weeks ago, I had to speak up for fathers. Margraves had just endured listening to two of his daughters provide accounts of how Larry Nassar, a once-prominent physician, had sexually assaulted them under the guise of medical treatment for sports injuries. The shell-shocked father asked the judge for a few minutes alone with Nassar during the defendant’s third sentencing hearing on sexual assault charges. When the judge denied his request, he lunged at the defendant [...]

2019-07-08T10:35:15-04:00March 1st, 2018|