OK~ I am reading several news stories and blog posts today about bullying. There were some that really made my jaw drop and others that made me think. I honestly think my thoughts are worth sharing with you, so here it goes.
When a child is bullied their self esteem and self confidence are beaten down. This, in turn, makes it difficult for them to reach for the stars and believe in themselves as they get older. Self confidence is something that comes from within. As parents, we all want our kids to be successful and happy. It is difficult to watch when our kids cannot find their self confidence. I know several kids that have endured bullying that has made it difficult for them find the gifts that God has blessed them with.
Bullying has lasting impacts that take a long time to overcome. Through positive friendships, adult mentors, teachers that care, and a willingness to want to move on from the bully; our kids can begin to believe in themselves. It is tough being a kid today and it saddens me that so many kids are not feeling accepted and believing in themselves.
Every kid has something to contribute to our society. Many kids are very good at singing, many are athletes, some are artists, and many are relationship builders. In my opinion, I wish more kids today would see that they can be relationship builders. Having relationships with people from all walks of life makes us all better people and gives each of us a feeling of accomplishment.
Here's my challenge to you. Make a conscientious effort to smile and make note at how often someone will smile back. Just think, a smile could be what that person needs to find their self confidence. Sounds pretty simple, huh? Go ahead, make a difference. This Mom is tired of reading about how our kids are bullying one another, let's make something good happen and watch our kids soar. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?