After Sandy Hook: Will Our Kids Ever Be Safe?
~By Beth Prystowsky, Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom
When I found out I was pregnant with our first child eight years ago, I vowed to do everything possible to keep my little fetus safe. I immediately quit consuming caffeine, stopped eating tuna, and eliminated sushi and soft cheeses from my diet.
When my son was born, I didn’t feed him formula or jarred baby food. I wanted to keep him as far away from all chemicals as possible. I left him exclusively with family, knowing that babysitters could not always be trusted. I closely monitored the shows he watched and the toys he played with. I wanted him to grow up in an environment without violence and without hate.
But none of that matters now. My son, after all, could have been one of the boys shot by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week.
Daniel Barden, Dylan Hockley, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner and 16 other children all could have been my first grader. Like my son, these victims went to school on Friday with a hug and kiss from their mothers. Each one of these mothers did everything in their power to protect their children from evil.
But sometimes there is nothing we can do.
As parents who want to do it all, however, that concept is impossible to grasp.
I cannot keep my son away from school, even if homeschooling seems much more appealing now. I cannot prohibit him from going to movies or living out his life in innocence.
Our kids will never be safe until we find a way to change the gun laws, to help those with mental illness and create a country where innocent children are not shot and killed every single day.