It's been said many times that those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. When it comes to our children, especially, let's hope that the headlines of the past year are something we learn from in order to avoid a repeat.
Children were brutally slain just a few short weeks ago in a school in a small Connecticut town. It was the latest in what is becoming an all-too-familiar scene of terror being inflicted upon a place that is supposed to be a safe haven for our kids.
Let's resolve to do what it takes to make our children safe at school. Is there really anything worth sacrificing the life and safety of a child for?
Children were traumatized in unspeakable ways over many years by Jerry Sandusky, multiple members of the clergy, coaches, teachers, etc. These men and women preyed upon children because they were allowed to. And they're not the only ones. At any given time, children are being abused sexually and otherwise by people "who would never do such a thing" because no one stops them or we think the children may be lying.
Let's resolve to not allow inconvenience or fear to keep us from doing the right thing to protect our children. There is no one too big or powerful when they are doing heinous things to a child.
Let's resolve to listen to what our children have to say, and quickly and thoroughly investigate it. Oftentimes, they're the ones telling the truth.
Let's resolve to remember what it was like when we were kids. For most of us, we were lucky to have had people in our lives that loved us and protected us from the bad things of the world and made sure we grew up to be productive members of society.
It has been said many times that children are our future. If we want our future to be a bright one, we must remember the mistakes of the past year and resolve to not let them happen again.
Otherwise, 2013 won't be a happy new year, but the same old one instead.