It seems like that is the story of my life right now. I catch up to my social media and then take a break from it (maybe even only 30 minutes) and it’s all full up again. There seems to be so many more people that I have connected with each week. I feel bad for the ones that have dropped off. Only for the reasons that they have funnelled deeper into my email and I don’t see them anymore. I can’t possibly say hi and keep in touch with the literally hundreds of people I have met over the past 7 months. So if you are someone out there who may feel that I have abandonned or neglected, please drop me an email to say hello or a FB message or a Twitter message. My mind just swirls. I have to keep up with the current although there are lots of pasts I would like to talk to. Another (significant) problem is that moms and dads in the past 40 years liked certain names for their daughters – Michelle, Sandra, Christy (spelled different ways), Sherry (also spelled different ways). I can’t keep them all straight.
This is only the first part of a post ….
After reading the responses, it is so overwhelming to see all the positive ones. I get news feeds all day about what is going on in Canada and around the world. It’s the quickest way for me to keep up to date. Yes, it plugs up my email but that’s ok. I get to read the news headlines at least. I often wonder why the news is so negative. There are very few happy thoughts. We all need to see and hear the happies. I also think about what I am posting for others to read in terms of articles, etc. Although most are sad and depressing, it helps us to learn what we need to do to keep working on the positives. There are so many people who benefit from the postives.
I once again missed #DadChat. Bruce is going to stop talking to me. I always plan to join but the timing doesn’t always work out. Thursdays at dinner time is not good. Especially today when at dinner, the sun was out shining so I took the opportunity to sit out in my driveway with my BBBB and enjoy the sunshine, conversation and a beverage of whatever was around. I think that was my better choice for that time.
I met some a new mom today on my social media. She is the mom (Jill Trahan-Hardy) that has a daughter who is bullied in school. She took her daughter out of school and then took her back and is in the school with her. There was a Canada AM interview taped this morning and here is it – http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=927705&playlistId=1.1283896&binId=1.815911&playlistPageNum=1 . I find it sad also that it has to go to media before things are done. I will be interested in talking to this mom further to see what happens.
Why can’t kids get it … that being mean and nasty to each other doesn’t get you anywhere?
How much awareness needs to be done?
What about parents who condone this behaviour? (Yes, there are probably some out there.) Jill’s daughter’s friend audio recorded the students who were saying the ‘harassing words’ out loud. Swearing and one of the dad’s mentioned.
I shake my head. Would half the parents out there who found out that their own kids were exhibiting bullying behaviours react?
Maybe that would make a good research study, to talk to the parents of youth who have been bullies. Find out if conversations have occurred at home. I don’t know. Just thoughts.
How to promote more awareness and kindness? And it can’t cost alot of money because there isn’t that much to go around. If only we could smile more. Do more nice things for each other. It would sure go along way.
I really like the program Kids In the Know has been produced and made available by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. It is an interactive safety education program for increasing the personal safety of children and reducing their risk of sexual exploitation for students in Kindergarten to Grade 9. The website is also filled with great resources. NetSmartz is also a good website to check out.
I will endeavour to find a ‘happy good feeling’ article everyday and post it. I challenge everyone to do the same thing. Where can we put them though for all to see?
Hugz and happy smiles to all my friends. If only Amanda had been surrounded by kindness, smiles and laughter by those who she wanted it from the most (her peers) — she would still be here.
Love you all – my real and virtual friends – xoxo