Tired Of Being A Bully & #BullyNoMore Twitter Party

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Have you ever had your son or daughter come to you for help because they are being bullied? Do they even know that the way they are being treated is in fact bullying?

As parents we need to be able to talk to our kids about bullying & how to handle it. The book Tired of Being a Bully is more then a book about dogs. It’s a story about Lucky, a junkyard dog, who isn’t quite the nicest animal on the block. In the book, Lucky learns that being mean to other dogs doesn’t gain him friends.

I was able to read the book not only to my children but also to my oldest daughter’s class & my youngest son’s teacher read it to their class.

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It was awesome talking with my daughter’s class after we read the book. We talked about what they thought about the book, how it helped them & about when they were bullied.

I asked them to raise their hand if they had ever been bullied, the entire class raised their hand. It’s astonishing to me that so many kids have suffered & been mistreated. I was so amazed to hear how well they handled it though when it did happen.

One student said “if I was bullied, I would tell them to stop. In a very firm voice, and I would keep telling them until they stopped”. Another student said “if I was bullied again I would ask them why they were bullying me & try to work it out before telling an adult”.

I am so honored to be a part of the #BullyNoMore campaign with some awesome bloggers, the author of Tired Of Being A Bully Dicy McCullough & someone I really look up to Dr. G {Deborah Gilboa, MD}.

I hope you will be able to join us for the #BullyNoMore twitter party n April 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM EST. We are going to have a Twitter party to celebrate Dicy’s new book and to discuss this ever-rising issue of bullying.

Join myself {Rachel @rachhabs of To Hab and to Hold} & these other panelists during the twitter party as we discuss bullying!

Greta @gfunkified of GFunkified

Lydia @lydrich of Cluttered Genius

Jeanae @jeanae of Waiting for Supermom

Shannon @ShannonMSander of Aries Mommy

Theresa @Reese22 of  The Importance of Being Reese

Please RSVP for the party here.

Enter the giveaway for the chance to win a copy of Tired Of Being A Bully!

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Throwback Thursday: Almost Two Years Ago

This picture was taken almost two years ago when we were out of town for our first appointment at the chidlren’s hospital.  It would be at this appointment that we would first get answers to our questions & have a diagnosis. We have come such a long way in the past two years.

Before all of the serious stuff though we had to get Starbucks!

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Checking The “Disabled” Box

Last week I was trying to get our taxes done and normally it’s not a big deal.  I didn’t think this year was going to be any different. I just wanted to get this heap of information entered and be done! There was one difference between this year and every other year previously.

This year included checking the “disabled” box for our little man. It’s a fact and it didn’t really ever bother me before that one day. Even when we got the letter that he was declared “disabled” I was ok. I felt like that was what we needed to help him. We needed that to be eligible for some of the Autism programs in our state. This one click of a box made me feel like I had just been kicked in the stomach.

It’s no secret that we didn’t have an all supportive response from people in our lives when they found out about Aiden’s diagnosis. The lack of support still is the same now, one of the many reasons I don’t share Aiden’s “disabled” status. It is an indescribable pain to know that people judge and mistreat your child because of something he had no control over. I also don’t want him to be treated like he can’t do something. He is so bright and making so much progress.

Once this comment was made “he may not make a whole lot of progress and may be like this forever”. He was not even three yet and I didn’t listen to that thoughtless comment for one second. I just knew that I was going to spend the rest of my life working as hard as I could to help Aiden and to prove those ignorant people wrong. Since that day, he has continued to prove every doubter and disbeliever wrong.

This afternoon Adam & I have Aiden’s IEP meeting and for some reason I am feeling uneasy about it. Last year I went into it with hope and feeling good. This year I feel like moving him to the 4k from early childhood is going to be like throwing him to the wolves. I am so worried, and didn’t sleep much last night. Fingers crossed we all can work together to do what is best for Aiden.

I am determined to help my little man in any way that I can, whatever his status is! That one word does not define him or limit his possibilities!

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