Although bulling is not something new it is something that everyone has become more aware of in the past couple of years. Cyber bullying was not an issue when I was young but with Facebook, Twitter and smartphones it is quickly becoming a dangerous and hurtful world for young kids. Green Giant is running a campaign called Raise a Giant in order to spread even more awareness and help parents teach their children to prevent, stop and cope with bullying. They are asking parents to write a letter of encouragement to their children. Its sad to think that it is something every child will encounter at some point in time but I think it is important that they have the tools to stand up for themselves.
To my boys,
You are both very special to me. Chris you have always made me laugh and bring a smile to my face. You are so creative and your imagination takes me on so many adventures. Nick you are my sweetheart. Nothing makes me happier then to see your enjoyment paging through a book or spinning around saying you are a helicopter. I know that both of you are going to grow up to be strong, smart, and amazing individuals. Know that you can be whatever you want to be and accomplish every goal you work towards. Sometimes people may say hurtful things, or do things to make you doubt yourself. They may say or do hurtful things to your friends as well but it is important that you stand up for yourself and your friends. Let them know what they are doing is wrong and tell a grown-up. Bulling is not o.k. and if you or someone you know is being bullied I want you boys to be strong and tell them what they are doing is NOT o.k. When I was little kids were mean and would call me names and tease me. It hurt my feelings but my true friends always stayed by my side and defended me. My mom was always there to support me as well. I want you to know that as your mom I will always stand by your side and support you as well. I am there to give you boys strength to succeed and no matter what obstacles you come to face we will work to defeat them as a team. And most important remember that I love you!
I think it is always important to give encouragement to your children and I hope I have inspired you to write a letter to your child or at least have a conversation with them about bullying. You can visit the Raise A Giant website here. You will find tools, tips, and a space to post you letter.
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