Tag: Kindness

Empathy: Feelings

empathyEmpathy! Feelings! The explanation of feelings helps to teach empathy and instill kindness in children. Kids can be mean! And the best way to teach them kindness is to help them see how others feel.

A little girl who comes to school wearing pretty and expensive clothes makes an unkind remark to a little girl who doesn’t wear that type of clothes. Why? Because her parents can’t afford them or she doesn’t feel comfortable in them.

Sympathy and empathy are not the same thing. Children can be sympathetic when they view a situation through their own eyes and or experiences.

In contrast, empathy requires that a person has the ability to “step outside” of himself or herself. That person must enter the “internal” world of another person. When this happens, a person can experience the other’s emotions from that person’s vantage point.

Sometimes situations, events or people can jump start a child’s ability to empathize. When children’s hearts are touched, often they automatically react with empathy. When empathy comes into play, a child’s attachment to himself or herself takes a “back seat” to trying to help. The following video tells it all.

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Empathy! Feelings!

In the picture above, the two children that Rugby is speaking to must be guided into a state of empathy if they don’t arrive at that state naturally. Maybe the little girl in the dress has been told that how someone dresses reflects her value. Maybe she has been taught that she is pretty too often and she begins to equate what she has and how she dresses with who she is. As young as she is, she may have become vain and self important.

Hence, an approach might be to ask her how she would feel if her parents could no longer purchase expensive clothes for her. What if she had to go to school in clothes like the other girl is wearing? How would she react if kids made fun of her and her clothes? Would she feel better if someone tried to understand how she is feeling and say or do things that might help her feel better?

Finally, a parent or teacher… or dog friend might tell a child how proud he or she will be if this child shows kindness and acceptance of the little girl who is so sad.  Honest praise goes a long way!

Don’t Go Near Him…Something Is Wrong With Him

don't be afraidDon’t Go Near Him

One day when I went to the pet supply store to get dog food, I took Rugby with me. It was a rainy day and there were very few people in the store. As always, Rugby was scoping out everything at his eye level. I was focused on my errand and we were walking in that direction when I heard people talking.

I heard a child say, “Mommy look at that doggie in the wheelchair.” Then I heard a woman’s voice saying, “Don’t go near him. There is something wrong with him. Let’s just go the other way. No. You can’t pet him. Something is wrong with him.” This was not the first time something like this happened.

It was almost like Rugby was telling himself what to do, “If they can’t come to me, I’ll go to them.”

At that moment, I felt Rugby pulling me down the aisle and around the corner to the next aisle where the children and their mother were. I saw the mother put her hands on her children’s shoulders and hold them. Rugby pulled me right over to them and then barked. It wasn’t a loud bark. It was more like a “woof.”

The little girl looked at her mother and asked her, “Mommy, can’t we pet him please?”  I don’t know if the mother was embarrassed or just confused but she still held their shoulders and said nothing. “Mommy, can we?”

I decided that I needed to put my two cents in so I said, “It’s okay. They can pet him. They won’t catch anything.” She gave me a questioning look and I told her that I knew that she was concerned and that Rugby wouldn’t hurt her children in any way, quite the contrary.

She released her hold on the children as if to tell them that they could pet him. I explained that Rugby had been in an accident and that he needed the wheelchair because of his paralysis.

As the children and Rugby interacted happily, she and I talked. When we were ready to say good bye, she told her children something that I will never forget.

“Emily and Alex, don’t ever be afraid of anyone who is different from you. Try to understand what they are going through and be kind because that is how you want to be treated.”

What a lesson those children learned on that day. What lessons are you teaching your children?

Dogs: Holiday Opinions

Dogs have opinionsDogs have opinions about the holidays.

You may be wondering why a dog has an opinion about such things. Well, I’ll tell you. Dogs are smart. Dogs see happiness and they see sadness. They see kindness and they see hostility. Dogs see pain and grief and they see and they see joy. There are even some dogs who watch TV and see what is happening all over the world.

Guess what? Not only do dogs see these things but they feel them too. Dogs have are very tuned into the people they love and what happens to them. That’s why I have an opinion and that’s why it’s important that I share it with you. There are somethings that are disrupting this holiday season and I know how to fix some of them. My solution centers on kindness and the Golden Rule.

Because everyone is different, everyone values different things. That’s why life will get better when each one of us becomes more understanding, more sympathetic, more concerned and more loving. Miracles can begin with the efforts and actions of all of us.

There is world unrest and national unrest and it’s time to change that… one person, one family, one school, and one nation at a time. It’s time to be good and do good. So as difficult as it may be, we must begin to see things differently so that the future will be all that we want it to be.

Because of that, race, religion, physical ability, political view, color of skin, amount of wealth or lack of wealth, ethnicity or any other difference should be accepted as forms of diversity. Guess what? Diversity is powerful and diversity is everywhere! We need to embrace our own diversity and the diversity of others.

Dogs Have Opinions

So now back to my solution. The way I see it, The Golden Rule is a simple one. Just treat everyone the way you want to be treated.

The Dalai Lama said it best!

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion… Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people’s suffering. On these lines, every religion had more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal.”

(The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a moral maxim or principle of altruism found in nearly every human culture and religion, suggesting it is related to a fundamental human nature.)

Amazon Giveaway: Rugby Jones’ “Tail”

blue-better-wch-girlAmazon Giveaway –  The “Tail” of Rugby Jones: A Rascal’s Journey from Disability to Ability (The Wit & Wisdom of a Lovable Dog with a Disability)  Hey! That’s me! This is so exciting because tomorrow we will be offering an Amazon Giveaway and you might win! How cool is that?  We sure hope that you win, especially if you know a child dealing with any difference or special need or one who is being bullied and that’s hard!  Just ask me because I know all about it from my own experiences.

I want kids to have fun with my story but I also want them to learn a lot! And there is so much in my “Tail.” I teach kids a lot about animals like dogs, horses, cats, foxes and raccoons. There are stories about people too! The best part is that this book is all about me! How cool is that? Very cool, I think and I bet you will think so too.

It’s exciting to make this book available to win by offering an Amazon Giveaway. Do you want to know why? Well it’s because of all the kids who are having a hard time dealing with life and the adversities they must face and overcome. Some kids are in wheelchairs like I am and some have other differences. They may be blind, deaf, short, black, white, tall, wide or they may speak a different language, have a different religion or have a learning disability like Autism or Asperger’s. I cant list all of the differences because there are too many.

I show kids how important it is to be understanding and accept kids with differences. Even more importantly, I give them support in gaining self-esteem and taking pride in the person they are! Just wait until you give my book to a child or read it to a child. You will be happy with the reaction that you see. Kids love me and they know how much I love every one of them!

Amazon Giveaway

So, to get back to the giveaway, there are a couple of things you need to know. When you enter, we just need you to answer two questions.

  • Do you know a child who is different or has special needs or is being bullied?
  • What kind of books does he or she enjoy?

The possible answers are listed and so it is easy. You can pick two or more of the following:

  • Different/Special Needs
  • Bullied
  • Uplifting Stories
  • True Stories or Biographies
  • Fun and Entertaining Stories

That’s all there is to it! Oh! And the giveaway will only run for 7 days so spread the word and get your entry in before the deadline! It will begin on November 5, 2016.

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Different Dog and Different Kids
Different Dog and Different Kids

Different DogThe Diary of a Different Dog is a hit! This is very exciting news! Kids and parents like The Diary of a Different Dog! I mean they really like it! Look at the picture that we just received. Isn’t she just precious? Her dad sent it to us after the book arrived at his house. He said that his daughter read it without being asked to read it.

That says a lot. Don’t you think? I sure do because lots of times kids don’t want to read. They just want to play video games or watch TV. To make it even better, he said he saw her read it again before she went to bed! (I wonder what she did to her finger. I hope it gets better soon!)

Do you want to know what I think? Well, I’ll tell you. I think people like it because the pictures inside are epic. Do you know what epic means? Well epic means that they are very impressive and larger-than-life! I think they are epic because they are so colorful and they really get my message across to the readers or the kids who are getting read to.

Different Dog and Different Kids

I know what that message is because it is my message! The message is all about helping kids understand that they need to believe that they are great even if they are different! In fact they need to believe they are great BECAUSE they are different!

I learned that from my very own experience. Well, I’m sure you already know that if you know about me. In case you don’t, I’ll tell you a little about what happened. I started using a wheelchair named “Zoomie” to get around after I got badly hurt. I learned that people and animals often need some kind of helper to assist them in some way.

Do you or someone you know need a helper of some kind? I bet you do. If you don’t know anyone now, I’m sure that you will be lucky enough to meet someone someday. Do you know why I say lucky? Well, that person or animal will be able to show you a lot about courage and what’s really important in life! Trust me. I know what I’m talking about because I am a different dog and I know about different kids!

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