As 2015 comes rapidly to a close, many media outlets are running summaries of the year. One of the things my family noticed yesterday is that so much of the reported news was about tragedy. I know many of us who are parents wonder how the continual “news of the bad” is impacting our children.
A few weeks ago, I took my kids to a major theme park in Florida, and as hundreds of families like ours were climbing aboard the tram to the main entrance, my 11-year-old looked around and said, “There isn’t enough security here. This is the perfect place for a terrorist attack.”
It hit me so strongly that this is the reality of our children’s thoughts now. They go to school and do “intruder drills” to prepare for the worst, while the internet and 24/7 news make it almost impossible to shield them from things we wish they didn’t have to see.
It would be easy to fall into the mindset that the world is completely going downhill. Read more.