Monthly Archives: August 2011

DolphinTale and The “Tail” of Rugby Jones

Both Dolphin Tale and The “Tail” of Rugby Jones are about mammals without tails. Both are about courage and overcoming the obstacles that life can present.

Dolphin Tale is a wonderful movie that is coming out September 23 and the timing couldn’t be better. School will have been in session for a few weeks by then. Parents, please take your children to see it.

Dolphin Tale was inspired by the true story of a dolphin named Winter. Winter was rescued off of the Florida Coast by a vet. He takes the dolphin to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for medical attention.

This story is so inspiring and it offers the same kind of positive attitude that we share on this site. Those of you who are regulars, know that reviewing movies is not usually what we do here. This movie is different.

Winter lost her tail in a crab trap. If any of you have had the pleasure of swimming with dolphins, you will be even more moved by this story. I had the opportunity to actually swim with the dolphins several times as a kid. We lived on the east coast of Florida and they were experiences that I will never forget.

Back to the movie; While at the aquarium, a young boy befriends Winter and encourages everyone to save her and do all possible to help her. A doctor is brought in to create a prosthetic tail for Winter.

Can you imagine? What amazing things are happening in the world of people and animals! The Christoper and Dana Reeve Foundation is responsible for a great deal of the research that is changing people’s lives in ways similar to what was done to help Winter. You can always make a difference for those who have need of these scientific breakthroughs by making a donation to them.

What better than a “different” animal to show kids what positive thinking and caring actions do to help those who are different in any way?

If you have kids who have been bullied, kids who have special needs or just kids period, this is the movie to see. You can use it to open discussions about overcoming obstacles, helping anyone with any special needs and understanding and helping those who are different.

Photo: RC_Photos

The Start of School – Shouldn’t Be The Start of Bullying

Parents, school is starting soon and I’m hoping that you are preparing your kids for the bullying situations that they might encounter.

This is the thing. Whether you know that your kids have been bullied in the past, were bullies in the past, were bystanders in the past or you don’t know if they were involved in bullying events in any way, one thing is certain. Your children were involved in bullying events in some way. Whether you want to admit that or not doesn’t mean that it isn’t true.

So based on the statistics, you need to be open to that fact and help your kids to avoid potentially dangerous bullying situations. Please give your kids the tools to help them deal with all that they might encounter when school starts.

These are a few ways that you can begin the conversations about bullying.

  • Do you have any worries or concerns about the new school year?
  • Was there anything that went on last year that make you concerned about this year?
  • Are there any kids that you want to avoid?
  • Are there adults at your school that you trust enough to confide in?
  • Do you feel like you are as “cool” as the other kids?
  • Did you know that the way you respond to bullies can stop them from bullying more?

If you are being bullied please tell us or some adult. Remember that you do not deserve to be treated poorly. You are so special and so loved. Don’t ever forget that we are always here for you and you can tell us anything and everything.

If you ever witness anyone being bullied, you have a responsibility to do something to help. That is what we expect you to do because you are a caring and special person. We taught you about what is right and wrong and you need to stand up for what is right.

Bullying is not cool. Bullies do not go without consequences. Bullying events can destroy lives including those of the bullies.

Please talk to us if there are any bullying events that you experience. We are here to help you and guide you anyway that we can. You can make a difference and you can help yourself and you can help other kids by standing up for what is right.

Photo: Jon_Marshall