Hug Your Kids Today

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About Tom Matlack

Tom Matlack is the co-founder of The Good Men Project. He has a 18-year-old daughter and 16- and 7-year-old sons. His wife, Elena, is the love of his life. Follow him on Twitter @TMatlack.


  1. Thank you for posting about this – I’ve been trying to find some sites talking about this (other than news). I have a 3 year old in pre-school and it is UNIMAGINABLE to me that something like this can happen. One can “somewhat” reason away Columbine, kids who are close to adults, getting back at classmates, but this shooter who takes out the most innocent of innocents, HORRIBLE.

    I pray for all the families involved, I cannot imagine their sorrow at this moment.

  2. Tom,
    We ought to be hugging our kids . . . children . . . Every day.
    If our kids/children are truly the future of this country and world, then as parents we ought to be spending our time wisely on this planets most valuable asset, our children.

  3. I was shaken by this all day yesterday and tried to bury myself in my work to not think about it. I have family in CT and went to kindergarten, first and second grades in a town 20 minutes from Newtown.

    Your friend mentioned the Christmas gifts under the tree. Last night around 11 p.m. I went out to try to catch a peek of the meteor shower and standing in the dark in my socks on the patio, I thought of all the parents who weren’t putting their kids to bed tonight. I’m not even a parent and that was a real punch in the gut.


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