Seven years ago I walked my first born into her preschool classroom. The place where she would continue to learn about letters and numbers, shapes and colors, reading and writing. In that classroom, she also learned what it was like to be bullied. I wasn’t dumb to the fact the bullying was taking place in school, however I didn’t expect it to start at such a young age.
(Tween Girl at her Promise To Succeed Ceremony where she promised to succeed in school and in life.)
It started with name calling. During the first conference with the teacher, I let her know about the situation. I left thinking it would be handled or watched a little more closely. Then came a physical altercation. I marched right into school and spoke with the teacher. By then she had received complaints from other parents that their children were also being bullied by this same little girl. The principal and teacher met with the bully’s parents, and the child was no longer physical, but was still mean to her classmates. That next year she was no longer at the school….I’m not sure what happened honestly. What I do know is that I told my daughter that unfortunately people like her classmate exist and she will encounter them throughout her entire life. That she has to remember to smile, be kind, and stand up for herself and others by saying “Stop!”
I am raising my children to be respectful of all people. To speak kind words to others. To keep their hands to themselves. I can only hope that other parents are teaching their children the same things. The world is a heck of a lot scarier than it was when I was a kid and I want my children to feel safe and confident when they venture outside of the safety of our home. Thankfully, Green Giant feels the same way and wants to help put a stop to bullying!
Yes, Green Giant is all about vegetables, but they know it takes a lot more then veggies to raise healthy children. They know bullying is one of the hardest things that children deal with and they way bullying affects a child’s life. That is why Green Giant has partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and We Day Minnesota to help parents Raise A Giant and put a stop to bullying in their community!
What Does it Mean To Be A Giant?
Being a giant isn’t about being the biggest or the best. Being a giant means standing up for others. It means lending a hand to those who are in trouble and speaking up for those who sometimes find it hard to speak up for themselves.
“Studies show that an effective way to stop bullying is for kids to simply speak up and say, “That’s not okay” when they see bullying happening.
But asking kids to have the courage to stand up to bullying is a tall order and that’s why they need our help.”
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How Do You Raise A Giant?
As parents, we can write a letter to our children, telling them how special they are and encouraging them to be part of the bullying prevention solution by being a giant. To get some inspiration, head over to RaiseAGaint.com and read the letters others have written.
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I wrote a letter to Tween Girl that I have shared with you all below as well. I encourage you all to head over to RaiseAGiant.com and write a letter to your child. You never know, it could make a big difference in their life.
Take 60 seconds and watch the video below. Help your child take a stand against bullying!
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