In the piece, Peter Lanza gives the impression of a devastated and ruined man. He admits to being haunted by his son nightly in his dreams, wracked with guilt for not having done more to force himself into Adam's life, and even stated that, after what Adam did, he wished Adam had never been born. No parent would utter those words without feeling deep, unendurable pain. None.
On the surface, your child may seem OK because they are not talking about how your new family situation or that terrible event is affecting them. That doesn't mean they're OK.
The opinion of the pro-gun movement seems to be that the guy with the gun is always right, no matter what the facts of the case are; that gun possession makes you a super-citizen with enhanced rights to take life, avoid prosecution, and use lethal force in response to non-lethal force.
We must collectively take urgent action -- as the road ahead for people living with serious mental illness and their families is still a long one, riddled with obstacles on all fronts: social, scientific and political.
Think of the tension and anxiety surrounding airport security checkpoints. Will the kids have to take off their shoes and belts and empty their pockets every morning? Is that how we want our kids to start each day? A much easier solution would be for every adult who owns guns to step up and be accountable for it.
As shootings in public spaces like schools and movie theaters are seemingly more commonplace, more people are turning to guns for self-defense. But more gun owners do not make a country any safer.
Last week, a St. Louis-based KSDK-TV reporter caused an hour-long lockdownat Kirkwood High School in his attempts to "test" school security. What was this TV station thinking? As a parent in our climate of incessant school shootings, I am beyond angry a local television station tricked a school purely for a ratings bump.
Do we care? Hard to answer that question. It appears we care more about owning guns than saving ourselves from them. We care more about being able to carry them, defend them, shoot them, and justify the damage caused by them.
The emotional life of the child should be considered core content, as worthy of heavy resource investment and professional development as any other core subject or standard.
The other day I was speaking with a friend who was depressed because of a perceived lack of virtues. According to her, she was less intelligent, less ...
We see too much suffering. We see too much suffering, forgetting that it is, in fact, suffering. It's not entertainment. It's not "news." It's pain.
I must confess: when I heard about the most recent Colorado school shooting, I was struck with the realization that no longer was I shocked and dumbstruck with the news. Oh my God, am I getting used to it?
If you ask the average parent or teacher about school safety these days, their reply would most likely indicate how fearful they are. It's easy to conclude school has never been a more dangerous place. I mean, it's true, isn't it?
As a clinical psychologist and violence researcher, gun control does not sound bad or scary or unconstitutional. Instead, "well-regulated" means that there is room for the type of safety regulations the government mandates in many other areas.
There have been many people writing and remembering about the tragedy of a year ago. The unimaginable actions that happened at that school. There are others like that one. When I reminded myself of my many blessings, I hugged my child that much harder. He didn't understand the extra tight squeeze and I didn't explain.