I'll be completely honest and share that I for one hated High School. I hated it with a passion. Growing up a military brat I moved a lot, usually every 4 years. So changing schools and having to make new friends was never an issue for me until High School.
You see I attended three different High Schools. Three very different High Schools. But the one thing that these schools had in common were bullies. Whether it was the guy that was bigger than everyone else or the "mean girls" each of those schools had them. During my 2 years at one particular High School the only thing I ever looked forward to was graduating! To this day I am so thankful that the Internet and social media wasn't around. I can not even imagine how students today cope with that. Which is why I believe now, more than ever the children of today need our help.
It's time we as parents take a stand and do what is right for our children.
Just because we physically can't be there every second of the day (especially for our school aged children) we still have a responsibility to let our children know we are emotionally there for them no matter what. I believe it's imperative that we let them know we are here to help.
That's why I am so honored to be taking part in the Raise a Giant campaign. Green Giant is encouraging parents to write letters to their children on bullying, the effects it can have, and what to do to stop it. To find out more about their Raise a Giant Campaign be sure to visit their website. There you can write your own letter (to your children, nieces, nephews, etc) as well as read the encouraging words left by others.
Here is the letter I've written to my own children:
Dear Kyle and Kaylee,
I want to start by letting you know how much I love and care about you. You two are incredibly smart, kind, beautiful, and generous children and I am truly blessed to be your mother. I am so proud of everything you have already learned and accomplished in your young lives. As much as I may not want to admit it I know you are getting older. I know you are becoming young adults. This time in your lives can be very exciting but for some it can also be scary. Some children aren't as nice as you. Some children are mean and pick on others who have done nothing wrong. These kids are bullies and they are not cool. They are no better than you or me. Bullies do not possess any special powers so don't for one second fear these kids. No matter how big or scary they try to portray themselves. If you see someone getting bullied you must say something. Say something to a teacher, a bus driver, a principal, a parent. Say something to your classmates or your friends and if you have enough courage say something to the bully. Tell someone, anyone, about what is going on. Tell them it's wrong and that it needs to stop. Stand up and defend those that can't defend themselves. Then, be kind to the child that was being picked on. Smile at them. Give them a wave. Say hello. No one, absolutely no one, has the right to make another person feel bad about themselves. Please know you will never get in trouble for doing what is right. I hope that you will always lead by example and I trust that you will have the courage to stop someone from being bullied. Whether it's at school or online I trust that you will do what is right when you see that someone is being mistreated. I trust in you, my amazing children, and I always will!
In order to encourage you to write your very own letter I have a fun giveaway planned! The amazing folks from Green Giant and General Mills are offering a $25 gift card to one very lucky reader. Want to know how to get involved and possibly win a prize? Well look no further...
*This is a sponsored post for My Blog Spark and Green Giant. It's purpose is to raise awareness about bullying. However, all thoughts and feeling expressed in this post are 100% my own. A $25 donation to Pacer's Center for Bully Prevention was made in my name in return for my completed blog post.*