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Bullying is huge problem and a concern of mine these days, especially now that my daughter is attending school. It seems like every time I turn on the TV each day I hear about another story about a child who is bullied. I know that I can’t always be there to witness everything my daughter does at school, but I can educate her and teach her what to look for when it comes to bullies and bullying.
Bullying can occur on the bus, at school, in the classroom, after school, or even in the neighborhood. Bullying can occur anywhere. The bottom line? Bullying needs to end. With your help, we can at least help children stand up to bullies and possibly prevent bullying from happening to others.
Green Giant® is partnering 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.
How Do You Raise A Giant?
We’re asking parents to write a letter to their kids telling them how special they are and encouraging them to be part of the bullying prevention solution by being a giant. You can visit Raise A Giant and read the letters others have written.
Here’s the letter I wrote to my daughter:
I wanted to take the time out of my busy day to let you know how special you are to me. Sometimes life gets so busy that I often fail at saying the things that matter most, but please know that I think of you so many times during the day and I am so proud of you. You are 5 now and just yesterday you lost your very first tooth. I know you are growing up fast, but it wasn’t until you told me that you had a “wiggly tooth” that led me to take a step back and realize just how fast you are growing. You are always going to be my little girl no matter how big you get and it’s my job to support you and protect you in everything you do.
I sent you to preschool today in the pigtails you begged me for. I know that one day you will think pigtails are silly, but today I cherish these small moments.
You are doing so well in school and I am proud of how well you are reading. I love how you sang “Jesus Loves Me” last night before bedtime. You have such a beautiful voice. You are very talented and athletic and you excel at everything you do. I love how you are my little “social butterfly” and you are no stranger to anyone. You love everyone and your heart is made of gold.
I smiled when I saw you tear up during a sad moment during “Happy Feet” and “Brave.” That shows me that you have feelings and compassion for others and you hurt when they hurt. That’s not a bad quality to have. It shows you care and shows your concern for others.
Mommy hurts when you hurt, so that’s why I wanted to let you know that I will do my best to protect you. There are others in this world full of anger, hurt, and sadness. Sometimes these feelings can cause them to do things that are hurtful to others, either physically or verbally. No matter the case, this is unacceptable behavior and most of the time, it’s because they just need to be or feel loved. Maybe they think it’s “cool” to be mean to others, but it’s not. It’s never o.k. to hurt others.
If you see or feel that you or a friend is being bullied, I want you to know that you can tell the bully that what they are doing is not acceptable. You can come to Mommy and Daddy and let us know about the bullying or tell another adult. You can tell a teacher as well. We will always protect and support you.
You will always be our baby and we want you to know how much we love you and we always want the best for you!
Mommy and Daddy
Watch this video to see how you can help your child stand up to bullying!