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It’s not you..it’s everyone else.

It’s another heartbreaking week in Dayton, Ohio.

Our community is grieving the loss of two young adults – killed in a ‘violent’ car accident as reported by papers.

Its incidents like this that make me remember all the times my parents said “It’s not you we worry about, it’s everyone else.”

I’m sure I am not alone – millions of parents say and think this every day to their kids – especially teenagers and young adults who are gaining their independence. I’m sure Corey and Christina’s parents said and thought these words thousands of times too. Today my heart truly goes out to them.

It seems the most heartbreak seems to come during the holidays. In a week that we are so thankful for our friends and family, we are quickly reminded as much as we try to protect our children, “everyone else” is such an important part of the picture.

So to “everyone else” – whether you are a parent or not – help us protect our children. Realize your actions have consequences. Realize the safety of our children also depends on you.

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