I recently sat down with a mom of three children, one of whom is a 13-year-old girl entering high school next year. I asked this mother about her biggest concerns.

“I do everything I can to protect my children when they are in my care,” she said, “and the only time that they are not is when they are in school.”

“I want them to be there to get the education they need and nothing else,” she continued. “I want to know that the school system and those that make decisions are looking to protect our children as if they were their own.”

Her concerns would likely be echoed by many parents, increasingly so as we see worrisome attacks against our children unfold in schools, libraries, and other venues.

1819 News has been covering many of these attacks in the last few years, sounding the alarm on what really matters, whether it's the state of our schools or what's going on in our libraries. These stories are alarming, and there was a time that many were afraid to speak out.

But that time is no more.

Parents are taking a stand, showing up unafraid to school board meetings, council meetings, and library gatherings. Complacency has taken a back seat to courage and parents are on a mission!

If the past few weeks have been an example of anything, it is that when we come together and stand strong, change happens. There has definitely been a shift in the political and cultural winds. Parents are fighting for their children again, insisting that they, and not the government, are responsible for raising their children! We are winning!

But the many stories of victory also remind us that we can't just sit back and let things happen. We've got to roll up our sleeves and get involved.

Take the recent library story for example. It took a few good moms coming together to make a difference. Just imagine if we all locked arms together in the fight to protect the innocence of children in other ways! Our children need us, they depend on us, and they look up to us to be an example.

So thank you to the moms who took a stand. Thank you to the legislators who are fighting to keep our conservative values. And thank you to those who are speaking up and showing courage.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Ashley Carter is a wife, mother, and grandmother living in Elmore County, where she and her husband run Farm to Table Living and Carter Farms. She is the author of "Unexplainable: Inspirational Stories of God's Love in the Most Unique Ways." Ashley serves as Controller and Executive Assistant at 1819 News. To connect with the author of this story or to comment, email ashley.carter@1819news.com.

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