Sandy Hook Mom Offers Parenting Advice After Uvadle Shooting

In the wake of the recent shooting in Uvalde, Texas, a mother whose child was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 speaks out.

Nelba Márquez-Greene, whose daughter Ana Grace was one of the 26 killed in the Newtown, Conn., shooting, addressed parents via Facebook about telling their kids about the shooting at Robb Elementary School.

She wrote, “The way you talk and present current events and tragedies to your child, how you explain it to them — matters almost as much as the news. They need to know they are safe with you.”

The day after the shooting, Márquez-Greene counseled parents to limit social media, provide children with age-appropriate information, and “do something fun and experience how fortunate you are to be alive today.”

After I did everything on this list, I transferred $ into my son Isaiah’s account with instructions to order Isaiah and his school friend a nice dinner.

There are other ways to show support for people without children, Márquez-Greene said.

She wrote, “Find a gun violence survivor in your area and send them supper. Send a card. Check-in. And don’t forget about Buffalo.”

She concluded, “Teachers. Educators. Rational, loving human beings: I am so damn sorry. That I have the capability of doing this and delivering this message to you today is a testament to our community of support, my commitment, and your prayers.

In the wake of yet another shooting in our country, Marquez-Greene is one of many people calling for action.

A Uvalde native, Matthew McConaughey, wrote an open letter about the murders, urging Americans to “re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs” and “find common ground above this devastating American reality.”