The thought of my girls coming home crying because they had been made fun of at school breaks my heart. This was my reality growing up and I do not wish it on anyone. I had my great friends, don’t get me wrong…the ones who loved me for me, but I was bullied as a child. There are all different kinds of bullying, not just the typical playground bullying you hear about.
I grew up with a single mom of four children. My mother did an amazing job raising us with what little she had. That being said, we did not have money for the latest clothing trends and sometimes scrambled to have enough for every meal. I was made fun of at school for being “different.” I came home from school many times crying, which hurt my mom so much. Because of this, my whole life I have had pretty low self esteem. I am not good at taking compliments and never look at myself and think, wow, I look good. I am so lucky to have the husband that I have, as he tells me all the time how beautiful I am. Well and of course, my mom does too…but she’s a tad biased :)
We need to teach our children that we all come from different backgrounds. Not everyone can afford to buy their children that designer pair of jeans. Not all girls want to wear makeup. Some kids love to study and some like to party. We are all different, and that is what makes the world so interesting.
You find as you grow up that it is important to know people from all walks of life… whether it be for your career, for traveling, or even getting together with other parents in play groups with your children.
With social media today, it has gotten even easier to become bullied. With just one click of a button, you can destroy someone’s self esteem or break someone’s heart. We need to think before we click and we also need to teach our children the same.
For those of you out there who are being bullied or have been bullied, be strong. Be who you are and don’t let anybody take that away from you. This too shall pass and you will become a stronger person because of it.
With much love,
If you are a victim of bullying or know someone who is, visit this web site for information.
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