Saturday, November 2, 2013

Raising my Giant with Green Giant

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Green Giant is encouraging parents to "Raise a Giant".  One of the biggest threats to kids’ health and happiness is bullying and Green Giant wants to help parents raise kids who are strong inside and out.  They partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and We Day Minnesota to help kids learn how to prevent, stop and cope with bullying.

Bullying is not a joke.  Some parents like to think of it as a rite of passage, but it is not.  No one deserves to be bullied.  It hurts and the feelings stick with you for a long time.  I was bullied as a child and the hurt is still there in my memories.

Parents need to realize that their own children might be bullies.  There are warning signs if they are.  Be active in your child's life and know what is going on.  Parents need to speak to their children often about what bullying is and how to stand up against it.  They also need to know if their child is making poor decisions and bullying others.  Knowledge is power!

Green Giant is encouraging us to write a letter to our children to talk to them about bullying. Here is my letter to my daughter:

Dearest Kat,

From the moment you were born, you have been my biggest blessing. Daddy and I are so proud of the wonderful young woman you have become and that we are always here for you. We know that whatever you do, you always give it your all. You can accomplish anything! We have taught you to respect others and to treat them the way you want to be treated. Unfortunately, not everyone is taught those rules.

I know that you will experience bullying somewhere along the way. I want you to know you can always talk to me and that there will never be anything you can't tell me. You are a very brave young woman and I know you will always strive to do the right thing.

Stand up for yourself and for what you believe in. Stay true to your heart and your faith and you will never go wrong. Don't be afraid to be a friend and to stand up for them when they are being bullied, or stand up to them if they are being the bully. Guard your heart, but do not be afraid to love and to give that heart away.

I love you more than you will ever know. Be a Giant!

What Does it Mean To Be A Giant? Being a giant isn’t about being the biggest or the best. Being a giant means standing up for others. It means lending a hand to those who are in trouble and speaking up for those who sometimes find it hard to speak up for themselves. Studies show that an effective way to stop bullying is for kids to simply speak up and say, “That’s not okay” when they see bullying happening. But asking kids to have the courage to stand up to bullying is a tall order and that’s why they need our help.

Let's teach our children about how to be a giant and shrink bullying down to size!

1 comment:

mskayz said...

What a wonderful message to your daughter!