Monday, December 17, 2012

Freedom from Fear

Freedom from Fear, by Norman Rockwell
"Freedom from Fear." 

Sadly, this is a freedom our children may not enjoy for long in their lives. Innocence is stripped from them at an increasingly alarming rate. My heart goes out to all those affected by the senseless events in Connecticut--and especially the families of the victims.

Everyone is desperate to find a solution--a way to stop things like this from happening. I wish I had an answer, but I think there will always be evil in the world. Unstoppable and uncontrollable evil.

What I would love to hear from you readers, are your thoughts on how we as parents, teachers, and adults can help our children have a life with Freedom from Fear.


  1. Schools need to focus more on the students (whether elementary or secondary) rather than the teachers' wages, and getting overburdened parents to do what used to be provided by schools, the admin. Get that funding into the education system. Have a qualified counselor in that position in the schools, one that can talk to the students, not at them. Just a few suggestions. (I'm referring to the US and Canada)

  2. I think somehow respect for other people has to be brought back.
    I don't know how. Increasingly, I see people being rude. No excuse mes, no have a nice day, and just general rudeness. When kids see their parents show no manners, they don't develop any. And it just worse and worse.

  3. I think kids learn fear from their parents. If parents try and live without fear their children will pick up on that. You're right, there will always be evil. We have to try and look for the good, as well as raise our children to be good. It can feel like the evil overwhelms the good, but it doesn't. Good will always rise up to equal, and eventually surpass, the evil. Even if it doesn't feel like that all the time.

  4. I feel like instead of teaching our children freedom from fear, it's more like freedom and calm in the midst of fear. I don't think these bad things will stop happening, but it's up to us to help them look past the fear and onto the reassurance.

  5. All good answers. Respect for each other and ourselves is a good place to start.