Monthly Archives: May 2011

Bullying: When and Who To Call

What should you do if you or someone you know is being bullied?

Appropriate actions

  • If you or someone you know is in eminent danger because of bulling:  Call 911 Immediately!
  • If you or someone you know has a teacher who isn’t doing anything to stop the bullying: Contact the Principal or Superintendent.
  • If you or someone you know doesn’t feel safe at school: Contact the State School Department.
  • If you or someone you know is stressed out from bulling events: Contact a school guidance counselor or other health professional.

Please keep this information handy. Even if you aren’t sure that anyone in your family might be involved, place this in a visible location. That way, if the numbers are needed they will be readily available.

Look In The Mirror! What or Who Do You See?

If you want to respect yourself, you need to respect who you are. You need to look in the mirror and say things to yourself that you would kindly say to others.

If you have ever heard yourself or anyone say things like, “I hate myself. I hate how I look. I am fat. I am ugly,” then you or the person who is saying these things might be a perfectionist who believes that nothing is good enough. Guess what? Nobody is perfect and when you understand that, life will get better!

Be gentle with yourself and be gentle with your expectations of others. Show the people around you that they can and should be gentle with themselves and others too.

The best idea is to strive to do things in the best way that you can but understand that people, including yourself are human and not perfect. Give yourself and everyone else a break! Okay?

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Differences and Truth and Justice

Thought for the day! In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same. ~ Albert Einstein Photo: ellie

Memorial Day: A Time to Honor and Watch

As we think about and honor the men and women who died while serving in the American military, we must be reminded of the loss that their loved ones feel. I can’t help but think about the parents who lost children due to bullying. Unlike the families of the soldiers, they can’t feel pride inContinue Reading

Everybody Should Embrace Differences But Not Lady Gaga!

The emails have poured in since I wrote the post singing the praises of Lady Gaga for speaking out against bullies. Please allow me to make a clarification. I don’t care for her music and I don’t care for her appearance or the language she uses. However, my music preferences have nothing to do withContinue Reading

Elizabeth Smart Teaches All

As those of you regulars here know, we applaud, commend and support the kids and adults who have the courage to stand up and be heard about the pain that they have experienced because of bullying and abuse. In the news today is the courageous Elizabeth Smart who was held captive for nine months whenContinue Reading

What Kind Of Example Are You?

Parents, teachers, aunts, uncles, neighbors and friends, what are the messages that you are giving the children in your lives? What kind of examples are you setting for them? What dreams are you sharing with them? What lessons on life are you teaching them? What are you encouraging them to learn and do? What youContinue Reading

Lady Gaga Was Bullied!

While I’m not a fan of Lady Gaga, a lot of people are. What I find interesting and inspiring about her is that she was bullied and she got where she is today in spite of being demeaned as a youngster. In essence, Lady Gaga described herself as being a “‘freak” who was picked onContinue Reading

Can You Be A Mother Like Jeni Stepanek?

Moms, think about this story and act upon it. Can you imagine the kind of parent who could have a child and teach a child the kind of values that Maddie Stepanek’s mother taught him? Can you imagine losing a child? What would it be like to lose four children? Can you imagine being aContinue Reading

Our Hero: Mattie Stepanek

Why is it that some adults and some children appreciate all that they are and all that they have while others pity themselves and complain about their circumstances? The positive and grateful ones seem to have an attitude and a belief that transcends life and this world. They have a purpose. They see beyond. ThereContinue Reading