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MY 12 BILL OF RIGHTS FOR KIDS 2017
by Timon Studler/unspalsh.com
I was hoping 2016 was a better year for you, but it seems that very little progress has been made to help children move out of poverty and hunger, grow up in peace, and receive an education.
As we enter 2017, this world is faced with a challenge just to get food into every child's belly. In the world, one in every eight kids go to bed hungry. In addition, over 20,000 kids die each and every day, and one in five die before they reach five years of age. That is unacceptable! The world grows enough food to feed over 10 billion people, but it cannot seem to feed the 795 million people who are dying of starvation. Why? Well maybe it has something to do with greed and war. After all there are more than 230 million kids living in war torn countries. Then there is the matter of education. For 57 million kids, there is no education--no school--no teachers--no knowledge. So here is my 2017 Children's Bill of Rights.
Every child has the right to food.
Every child has the right to climb out of poverty.
Every child has the right to health care.
Every child has the right to play without fearing for their life.
Every child has the right to go to school.
Every child has the right to an education.
Every child has the right to shelter.
Every child has a right to live in peace.
Every child has the right to grow up.
Every child has the right to dream and to expect those dreams to come true.
Every child has the right to privacy.
Every child has the right to be loved.
What can you do to help yourself? To help another child? Or, to educate your parents so that they reach out and help a child in need? Let's make 2017 a better year and give children the rights they deserve!
"What is sexual harassment?" my granddaughter asked after listening to the news last week. It's a good question, and one that all kids should be asking.
Basically, sexual harassment is another form of bullying. Only with sexual harassment the comments, gestures, suggestions, threats or unwanted physical contact is aimed at your body parts, your appearance, of your sexuality. It can occur at school, after school, on your job, or even at your home, and it is NOT just an adult problem.
Both boys and girls can be victims. In fact, some experts believe that 1 out of every 7 boys and 1 out of every 4 girls will become victims. Why so many? One of the answers is social media. Kids as young as 5 years old are now carrying smartphones, and smartphones offer an easy and efficient way to intimidate, bully, and sexually harass other kids.
Kids with smartphones and computers can now receive unwanted texts, emails, and even pictures, and since some texts now disappear shortly afte…
EEK! I didn't realize I ad been gone so long. But I am back with a series of books for the fantasy reader in you.
It's from one of my favorite fantasy authors, Kevin Hopson, and it's all part of the Vargrom series. The Fire King is the first book, and here's a hint--there be dragons.
The planet Oabrora faces a perpetual winter after a human mage, Vico, causes all the volcanoes in the dragons' homeworld to erupt. Three dragon siblings survive the blast and set out on a journey to bring the Vico to justice. But there is a far worse enemy on the horizon.
You can get your copy as an ebook or in print at Amazon.
P.S. I loved this book. The personalities of the three dragons combined with an adventure that could end both them and the world around them kept me turning page after page.
When you see a picture of a knight fighting a dragon do you think, "Now that's courage?"Depending on the circumstances, you may be right. But what is courage really? And, do you have to be a knight in shinning armor before you can be courageous? The answer is "NO!"
Courage is the ability to do something even though it scares you. It's being bold, brave, and determined to face a situation that might make your knees shake and your palms sweat. Courage is that part of your mind and heart that says, "I have to do this," and it takes all forms.
I see kids just like you show their courage every day. There are kids who stand up for a friend when another kid tries to be the bully. There are kids who know when to back down from a fight. There are kids who know words cannot hurt. There are kids who raise their hand in class even though the thought of answering in front of their peers makes their stomach queasy. There are kids who walk up to the new kid an…