Author, speaker Joe Amaral does not believe that God causes these things at all. However, God did give us free will. We have the freedom to make choices - both good and bad.
As a parent, Joe finds that sometimes he has to allow them to make decisions that are going to help shape and define who they are as people.
God can use all these suffering or bad things in life to help shape us and ultimately bring Him the greater glory too.
Remember, when we are weak, He is strong.
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. - 2 Cor 12:9