|Sue Scheff, Myself and Michele Borba|
For those of you that do not know who Michele Borba is. Well, let me tell you, she is one of the strongest advocates for kids that you will find today! Michele spoke to all of us about bullying and how each of us can help. Bullying is a problem in our society and her belief is that we have to empower the bystanders. When the bystanders have the tools on how to stand tall to a bully, everyone wins. Compassion is something we all need to teach our kids at a young age, which will help motivate a potential bystander in a bullying situation.
The biggest take-a-way I had from this event was something that I wish someone would have told me years ago. As a Mom of two boys that have struggled with bullying, I do think this may have helped. As parents we need to tell our kids to look at the color of the eyes. You may be thinking, "What's that?" Well, when kids are talking to others, they will appear much more confident and taller when they look at the color of the eyes.
Think of a classroom. If all of the kids in the classroom were constantly focusing on the color of their teacher's eyes, it would be difficult for a potential classroom bully to choose one student to bully. When kids hold their heads high, they appear confident, which in turn; is a deterrent for the classroom bully.
If you happen to reside in the St. Augustine, Florida area, I would encourage you to attend the next session of the Community Empowerment Series, on April 27, 2013. Theresa Payton is speaking on online safety, this should be another well attended event!
If you don't think social media can have a positive impact in your life, I'm here to tell you otherwise. When I made the decision to hop on Twitter in 2009, my life changed, in a good way. Had I not hopped on Twitter, I would have never been in St. Augustine, Florida on March 9th, 2013. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?