After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, I read an article entitled “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother”. I was intrigued by the title given Adam took his mother’s life. I reflect on the article today in light of the timing of the horrific tragedy.
Pinpointing the Problem
The article I read was an in-depth look into our mental health system and how we fail. Sometimes, we are brave enough as parents to cry out for help. The problem, the author stated, is how parents get shunned for even considering that our children might have problems in the first place.
In the aftermath of countless horrific events, we need to do something. People have talked about gun control or mental health reform or some kind of answer to prevent tragic events like Sandy Hook. So, as parents, what can we do?
What You Can Do
So, what can you do?
It starts with us, the parents. We need to let the people in our lives know how they can support our families. Tell educators, emergency responders, health providers, or certain trusted family members what you and your child experience and feel. Allow them to help you through these difficult times. It feels very lonely sometimes. But remember, you are not alone. Many others experience a journey very much like your own. Find a way to make a connection to get the help you need for you and your child.
As parents, I think we all feel overwhelmed at times. This is particularly true when our children have RAD or any other disorder. We send our babies out into the world and pray for their safety, happiness, and wellness. But hope is not enough. Here’s your first step. Educate and advocate on behalf of your children and their generation. Start now. Tell someone how they can help you.
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