Showing posts from December, 2017

Finding the Courage To Be You!

Finding the courage to be yourself is not as easy as it sounds especially with all the forces against you. No I am not talking about the StarWars forces of darkness and light. I am talking about the pressure from family, friends, teachers, and others who see a future for you that you have not imagined.  Yesterday, as I watched the new movie, Ferdinand the Bull, I was reminded how we, parents, want the best for our kids, so we set goals for them when they are young. Just like Ferdinand's dad expected him to be the best bull selected by the matador when he was full grown, we parents decide when our kids are born that they will be the best lawyer, the best doctor, the best butcher, baker or candlestick maker. There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for you--our kids, but it has to be what YOU want as well. That's where courage comes in. As you grow older, you become interested in hundreds if not thousands of things. Life, as we say, is a journey, and it is up to you to jour…

What is sexual harassment?

"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…