Our hearts are grieving about another school shooting. America has changed. It has gotten more dangerous, coarser, ruder and more fragmented. People are disconnected from one another, families are broken, children are not getting what they need to thrive and flourish, violence abounds, disconnection from our neighbors and coworkers is common, people are stressed with little support or coping mechanisms. Addictions, substance abuse, poverty, homelessness and mental health issues are increasing rapidly, yet we are surprised when these kinds of horrible and unthinkable things happen.
The Center for Relationship Education is poised to do something about this. It will take partnering and collaborating with a cadre of engaged and committed citizens. It will take generosity to develop the needed resources. This is an arduous task, but it must be done.
Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, who was killed in the Columbine massacre, was with President Trump this week, along with a group of students from Parkland, Fla. He talked about people being disconnected and lonely. He is exactly right, and he should know. Over the last 20 years, he has spoken to thousands of students across the nation addressing issues of kindness, compassion, friendship and service to others.
It starts with relationships, connection, support and addressing issues of the heart. This is an inside job. This is not about changing laws, adding more police officers and security cameras, placing people on lock-down or seeing something and saying something. It is about doing something!
Talking about kindness, compassion friendship and service to others is not enough. We must teach individuals how to do this. The Center for Relationship Education teaches relationship-development skills in partnering schools and communities all over the country. These skills foster and incubate human-capital development, along with increasing social and emotional intelligence. We work with singles, engaged and married couples, giving them the tools needed to enhance their love relationships.
Strengthening America’s families is an imperative. Too many children are living in single-parent and father-absent families. Some do very well, but the research is clear—a child who resides in a family structure with either their biological or adoptive married parents does better in every health, academic and economic indicator [CDC family-structure study].
Not only does the Center for Relationship Education provide these services, but we do it to scale by instructing trainers throughout the nation, embedding these healthy messages into communities changing the nation-one person, one couple, one family, one community at a time.
Let’s work together to do this. If you would like to join me in this effort, please let me know.
If not us, who? If not now, when?
Please call me to discuss this further and discover the possibilities together. Check out the Center for Relationship Education website at myrelationshipcenter.org or e mail me at joneen@myrelationship
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