Jennifer Livingston I APPLAUD YOU and your words to our children:”Do not let your self-worth be defined by bullies…”

It is October and most of you know that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I have my pink ribbon and I wear it proudly. But there is another campaign that happens this month that gets much less attention. October is Anti Bullying Month!

For those of you are so busy just trying to get through the day and may not have had a chance to have seen this video of anchor woman Jennifer Livingston who graciously yet very effectively takes a stand against BULLIES… before I go any further with this post…. please take a look! I will wait cause well… it is that important that you watch it! Go on… I promise you it is worth it!

As a woman who well is not as skinny as I used to be. As a mother of a daughter who is BIG for her age. As the mother of a son who has Autism… AS A MOTHER PERIOD… I cannot begin to explain to how much her doing this means to me. Those words, that beautiful message that she put out there should be printed out and placed above our kids mirrors…

“To all of the children out there who feel lost, who are struggling with your weight, with the color of your skin, your sexual preference, your disability, even the acne on your face, listen to me right now…Do not let your self-worth be defined by bullies. Learn from my experience, that the cruel words of one are nothing compared to the shouts of many.” 

I am my children’s biggest cheerleader, but I can shout out kudos until I have no voice left and yet it is the unkind word that a peer will say nonchalantly as they pass my child in the hall that they will hear. Children learn from example. I say it all the time. I said it when I wrote the letter about the woman who rolled her eyes at my son, I say it now. If we want the world to be a compassionate, kind place for our children, well we need to treat each other that way and let them see us doing it!
October is Anti- Bullying Month but shouldn’t every month really be! Just like we live Autism every day besides the month of April… so should we live this message too! Please share this video with all as a reminder that once again our children are watching and listening to all we do.
Jennifer Livingston I will most likely never ever meet you in person. Most likely you will never ever read this post. But if by chance you do one day… please know that your words, your story they are what matter. You my dear beautiful woman matter! Thank you for standing up for what is right, for your daughters, for my children!

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