Pajama Program exists for a very simple reason: it reflects the child that lives within all of us, the child who is desperate for love, to belong, to matter to someone, even just to snuggle up on someone's lap.
Abuse of power is an age-old story. But those who wield their authority over a child for sexual pleasure are in a whole other category entirely. How do you effectively teach a young child to respect their elders, yet be continually alert for transgressions?
In 10 years I can say a lot has surprised me. But what strikes me as unforgivable every single day is that thousands of children never enjoy the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story.
At a party last week, a couple told us a "funny" parenting story. They were staying in Paris, and decided to leave their 1-year-old asleep in his Pack 'n Play, and get a drink at a place nearby. No need for a babysitter.
We cannot let the Penn State case come and go, fade from the front pages, until we learn of the next shocking incident of long-term, cover-up molestation. These situations are happening everywhere we live. On virtually every block of America's city and suburban neighborhoods.
If you're having trouble caring for yourself or your family this season, reach out to a trusted loved one, friend or professional. Show your children that there is strength, not weakness, in seeking help.
I think fear is a real quandary for society. All we have at the moment is exposure of crimes and a salute to the victims, the brave ones who courageously stand up to these bullying organizations and institutions.
Over the past several weeks of the Penn State scandal, I have been astonished by the number of people who failed to do the right thing. I'm fairly convinced the reason is because each of them found the right thing hard to do.
One priest abused 90 of our 243 victims. This priest testified under oath that he told his archbishop of his crimes. The archbishop told him to "go and sin no more." The priest did not follow his archbishop's advice.