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Thanksgiving Wish – The Children

Thanksgiving Wish
A Thanksgiving Wish for Children Everywhere

Let there be someone who cares enough to make sure that a hungry child is fed.

Let the children who have food learn to share.

Let the oppressed children experience freedom.

Let the children who are afraid learn that there are people who can be trusted.

Let the children who are abused find refuge in a safe haven.

Let the children who feel alone find comfort in being loved.

Let the children who feel worthless learn their value.

Let the children with no faith learn to believe.

Let the children who are confused understand.

Let the persecuted children find joy.

Let the violent children learn the power of kindness.

Let the children of divorce know that their parents’ problems are not their fault.

Let the children who are different learn to be proud.

Let the children who are disabled gain strength from embracing their abilities.

Let the children who blame forgive.

Let the children in darkness see light.

Let the oppressed children gain liberty.

Let the sick children become healthy.

Let the children in war zones find asylum.

Let the depressed children become hopeful.

Let all children reach for the stars because with our help, they can.

 Let each person who reads this do something… anything to make a difference for

just one child.

That is my Thanksgiving wish.

Photo: martinak15

Stranger Danger – Teaching Children

Stranger dangerParents, you have talked to your kids about “strangers” and stranger danger right? You feel confident that they would never go anyplace with strangers… right?

There have been investigations done recently proving that parents who believe this are dead wrong! In one of these investigations, a “fake predator” approached children in a park while their mothers were otherwise preoccupied. (The mothers had agreed to take part in the experiment and were aware of what was happening.)

Seven out of nine children agreed to go with the man because of his warm friendly approach. These children felt no concern about stranger danger.

Showing the child a picture of the dog, the man asked one of the five-year old children if he wanted to help him find his lost dog named Maxie. The child eagerly began to shout, “Maxie.”  The man bent down to the child and offered him a tennis ball to hold, telling him that the ball was Maxie’s favorite toy. Then, he asked the child if he would help him by throwing the ball. The five year old was thrilled at the opportunity of helping the nice man find his dog. Without any hesitation, the young boy ran off with the man across the park. He had never seen this individual prior to the previous few minutes. The child felt no eminent stranger danger.

The “fake stranger” was a dad himself and he knew exactly what to do and say to get the children to trust him. Each of the mothers was confident that her child would not go with the stranger but seven out of nine children did. He succeeded in convincing the children to go with him easily. With one child it took thirty three seconds and the one requiring the most time took just three minutes to convince.

Most parents do what they can to prepare their children for the possibility of being encountered by predators both on line and in person. Often they explain the possibility of physical encounters but they have no clue as to how quickly things can happen or different ways that children can be enticed.

Stranger Danger – Teaching Children Effectively

  1. Teach children that strangers can look nice and act nice.
  2. Teach children that they should NEVER walk away with someone they don’t know no matter what.
  3. Teach children that if they are approached, they should shout, “No” in order to attract attention.
  4. Have a plan in case you are late in picking them up. Have a specific predetermined adult who will come for them if you can’t.

The take away from this should be that parents need to practice what ifs with their children. Drawing pictures and role playing can be effective tools in teaching young children the realities of stranger danger.

Asking a child to draw a stranger will give an indication as to what he or she thinks a stranger might look like.  Telling a child that a stranger would tell lies is very different from acting out a scenario such as the one mentioned above to paint the picture of what kinds of things strangers might do.

Photo: runneralan2004

How to Stop Bullies from Being Cruel

bullied kidsBullies are Cruel and that’s why I am not a bully and won’t be a bully. When people are cruel, they make others feel bad about themselves and that’s not something I want to do! I bet you don’t want to bully either.

Why do some people want to be cruel? I really don’t get it because cruel acts or words cause pain or suffering. I think that some people are cruel because they don’t understand just how badly they make people feel when they are bullied. I hope it isn’t because they don’t care.

I think everyone needs to take action when they see any kind of cruelty. Parents can teach their kids a lot so that they won’t bully and will help when kids are being bullied.

Teachers can teach their students about how to lower the number of bullying events at school.

Three rules that parents and teachers can teach kids so they won’t bully:

  1. Don’t put kids into categories. See each kid as an individual.
  2. Remember that all kids have a story and reasons why they act the way they do.
  3. When you look at other kids, think about their lives and the problems they may have.

When kids follow these three rules, I bet they will be less likely to be cruel to other kids. After all, how would they like it if they were bullied?

Let’s all work together and make sure that we make a difference for kids who are being bullied.

Photo:  trixor

Bullied by Everyone

VICTIMRecently, a few similar emails have arrived on basically the same subject.

These emails have been along the lines of adults who have been bullied their whole lives and continue to be bullied in  marriages, current relationships and at work. One mentioned being bullied by children also.

All of the emails came from women who were abused as children. They all mentioned being weak and in essence afraid of standing up for their rights because they were not sure that what they were doing was appropriate.

With these emails in mind, I would like to recommend a few things to people in similar situations.

  1. If possible, see a therapist to help you understand your issues so that you can understand why you are allowing yourself to be treated in this manner.
  2. If you cannot go to a psychologist or therapist take charge of yourself and do some soul searching and write everything down.

Why are you being bullied by everyone?

  • Think about the people and events in your past.
  • Think about ways you were treated and how you felt.
  • Think about your self-esteem and try to figure out why it is so low.
  • Try to understand that you are in a victim mode and try to figure out why you have become comfortable being a victim.
  • Think about the people in your present and how they treat you.
  • Think about why you allow them to treat you the way they do.
  • Decide if you want to stop being a victim and if you do how much?
  • Think about what you are willing to do to stop being a victim.

The reality is that people are the masters of their own destinies. That means that they must control themselves and how the react to events and how they interact with other people. How they perceive themselves is a huge part of how others perceive them.

So, if you are bullied by everyone is it possible that you have a picture of your life as being a person who is bullied by everyone?

If you want to have a different future, envision a different future where you are not the target of bullying. In your day to day activities and interactions, be humble and willing to accept criticism. If criticisms come in an abusive way, ignore them and don’t waste time thinking about why they acted that way. You are only in control of why you act a certain way.

If you are being bullied, don’t pick fights, just stand up for your rights. You can quote me on that one!

Lost: One More Bullied Kid

smiley faceSeventeen year old Carlos Vigil of Valencia County, New Mexico has now become a statistic. He tried to make a difference for bullied kids but attempted suicide himself. The image below is the last Twitter message that Carlos sent. He was taken off of life support yesterday. Even though people were aware that he was being victimized, they didn’t suspect the depth of his pain.

The young man would have been a senior in the fall. He had changed schools the previous year to escape bullies. His parents said that he had been teased for being gay, his weight, his acne and having a lazy eye. Vigil had just returned from a trip to North Carolina where he was helping to lobby for an anti-bullying bill there.

Vigil’s mother is quoted,  “He had this lunch box, a smiley face lunch box, and people thought it was the funniest lunchbox ever, and they made fun of him for it. They grabbed it on the school bus and just threw it on the floor and broke it. It’s just little things like that.”

Please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 for help.

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