Hug Your Kids – And Pray For Parents Who Can’t

The emerging details of the horrific school shooting in Connecticut are difficult to process, much less understand. As someone who tries hard to give helpful advice to parents – often on sensitive topics – I wish I had something useful to offer as this story unfolds. But right now I’m simply thinking about this like every other parent who has heard this news. And I have only two suggestions.

First, hug your kids when you see them today. At least for today, try to forget about all the typical daily hassles that parents and kids experience. Don’t worry about what you need to get done later today or what little things are going on that annoy you. All of this is part of life as a parent, and we all will get back to our routines soon enough. But just for today, let’s focus on the fact that we can hug our kids – and let’s do that a lot.

Second, say a prayer for all the parents in Connecticut who are finding out that they cannot hug their kids again.

Over the next few days, I hope to formulate some better advice for how we will talk to our kids about this particular tragedy. But right now all I’ve got are hugs and prayers.

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  1. by Razia Mirza

    On December 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    This was the worst a parent can ever go through in their life, I can NOT imagine my life with out my son. And my deep prayers go out to the parents who lost their little angels today, they are in a better place. Love Razia <3

  2. by Helen

    On December 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I can’t imagine the horror these parent, families and workers are experiencing. I can imagine the horror of dropping your 5-6 year old off at school giving him or her a hug and not be able to hug him or her after school. May the fool(s) that did get what they deserve not only in this life but the next. Love your children like the blessing that they are. God be with everyone involved.

  3. by Jessica

    On December 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    You said it! So glad a media person is suggesting to pray. If only we would encourage more prayer in EVERYDAY and teach others to pray and about our mighty God. For we are at a spirital war.

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