Green Giant® knows it takes a lot more to raise a healthy child then just getting them to eat their vegetables. Kids these days live in a world that is bigger and scarier than the world we grew up in, and they need help and encouragement to navigate that world with confidence and pride.
Unfortunately one of the hardest things kids have to deal with is bullying. When a child is bullied by a peer it can turn his or her life into a daily gauntlet of fear and anxiety.
That’s why 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.
Studies show that an effective way to stop bullying is for kids to simply speak up and say, “That’s not okay” when they see bullying happening.
But asking kids to have the courage to stand up to bullying is a tall order and that’s why they need our help.
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.
To get started parents can visit our community at RaiseAGaint.com and read the letters others have written.
Here is my letter to our Princess:
I know that it’s not easy growing up today. It seems that every generation faces more and more conflict and has more pressure put on them than the next. The one thing that never seems to change is bullying. I remember when I was your age the pain I felt when I was bullied.
Nothing hurt me more than having children I had to go to school with everyday call me names and hurt my feelings as often as they could. I have no doubt the pain they saw in my eyes only encouraged them more.
I would like to say that the child that is bullied eventually gets over it, but in my case I don’t think I ever have. I still hear the words and it still makes me just as sad as it did when I was in school. You are at an impressionable age as are all of the other children you go to school with. The words you use can sometimes leave lasting scares that, although you may not see them, they are still there.
I caution you to think before you speak and I caution you to use words that heal not words that hurt. No one person is the same. Just because someone looks different, sounds different, or isn’t just like you, does not give you the right to hurt that person. No one has any right to hurt someone else.
Instead I hope that you will be the one who stands up for that person, and befriends them, or I hope you are the person that leads the way to help stop this from happening in the future. Diversity is what makes us each special and it’s what makes our world a great place to live in. Can you imagine how boring life would be if we were all exact copies? Imagine every person wearing the same clothes, the exact same hair color, the same exact everything… yep life would be boring!
You are an amazing person that has a bright future ahead. I hope that you can use some of the gifts that God gave you to help other people. Sometimes the person we least expect to need a friend is the one that is hurting for one the most. Stand up and be a friend!
I encourage you and your community to join PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, Green Giant and Colie’s Kitchen in writing your own letters to your children and posting them at RaiseAGiant.com
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