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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Raise A Giant With Green Giant And Put A Stop To Bullying

Bullying is something most of us will experience during our lifetime. Whether directed at us, or being witnesses. It is cruel and I'm glad some states are now making it a crime.

However there is a fine line between people and children just acting out and actually being bullies.

I don't like that  that everyone seems to want to scream bully on everything these days and making 'real bullying' murky.

As parents we also have to realize that our children can be bullies. We must always endeavor to protect our children from bullies and also ensure that our own children aren't making decisions that can harm other children.

Now a letter to my son:

Dear D,

I love you. I always will, no matter the life ahead.  You are a joy and blessing to me. I love your personality, your easy laughter and your intelligence. I hope you will keep that easy going fun way about you as you grow up. In this life, laughter is a good way to go through the days.

You are important to me and all your family. Everyone is important and have a purpose on this earth. Always treat everyone you meet as your neighbor. People before things. You cannot replace a person, but you can replace things.

No doubt you'll meet bullies during your school journey. If you should be in a situation where you feel preyed upon, I will help you learn how to disengage and seek help or stand your ground and defend yourself. If someone else is in need of help, I hope you'll always lend a hand and not turn away. If you can't help alone, then seek help with others.
I will be here to help you find a positive outcome either way. I'll always be here to support you, protect you, cheer you on and keep you true.

You will often be tempted to do things to try to fit in, but please remain true to your spirit. You are the only one who will have to live with yourself when the lights go down.
When you are honest, you have nothing to hide from or worry about.

Remember the heart is what matters, because it is the well of everything we do. Guard your heart son.
Love mom.
At Green Giant® we know it takes a lot more to raise a healthy child then just getting them to eat their vegetables. Kids these days live in a world that is bigger and scarier than the world we grew up in, and they need help and encouragement to navigate that world with confidence and pride.

Unfortunately one of the hardest things kids have to deal with is bullying. When a child is bullied by a peer it can turn his or her life into a daily gauntlet of fear and anxiety.

That’s why Green Giant® is partnering with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and We Day Minnesota to help parents Raise A Giant and put a stop to bullying in their community.
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.

How Do You Raise A Giant? 
We’re asking parents to write a letter to their kids telling them how special they are and encouraging them to be part of the bullying prevention solution by being a giant.

To get started parents can visit our community at RaiseAGaint.com and read the letters others have written.

Tweet: Are you raising a giant? - Help Stop Bullying and Share Your Giant tip with #MyBlogSpark and @JamericanSpice

Do you have discussions with your children about bullying? 


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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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16 comments :

  1. Love love love this concept. This is akin to "bystander training" in colleges and universities. We have to empower the observer, whatever age they may be, abd recreate "community" in every sense of the word COMMUNITY. This is a great age group to start wth. Great program!

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  2. Bullying is something that is really terrible. Is it good when children are encouraged not to do it and their parents show them how to cope. The letter is awesome!

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  3. What a beautiful and heartwarming letter to your son Callie! Bullying, both being bullied AND being the bullier, can be avoided if parents just take the time to talk to their kids.

    Awareness is key!

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    1. Thank you Kayla.
      So true, but often times some parents encourages these behaviours.

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  4. Oooh! So glad I found this post! My library is doing an anti-bullying program in a few weeks and I was looking for more activities.

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  5. Love your letter! This is so important to talk about with our kids.

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  6. This is awesome that Green Giant is doing this! My niece is being bullied right now, to the point where the guy has threatened to kill her two times now. Regardless to say, her mom went to the school this morning and is headed to the police this afternoon. Such a shame!

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    1. She should definitely be at the police station!

      That is insane!

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  7. What a great program, this is so important these days. My daughter experienced bullying in 1st grade - yes! It's never too early to get the message out.

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    1. My son did in first grade too!
      Thank you Tammi.

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  8. As important as it is to protect our kids from being bullied, it's crucial to keep them from thinking that it's OK to be the bully. also, to stand up for those who need it. I'm so proud that one of my kids did this once, in first grade ... I hope they'll always know it feels awful to be on the receiving end of this.

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  9. we talk about bullying alot here...
    i don't want broxton to fall victim to one, nor do i want to find out that he has turned into one...

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I appreciate your thoughts - Colette

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