I am the mother of a child who gets bullied for being "different." It is heartbreaking to see my child cry because other kids are cruel to him. My son is 11 years old and shouldn't have to worry about anything other than being the best person he can be. My son is kind, gentle, talented, empathetic, compassionate, funny....But he is also struggling with his own identity. Other boys like to call him names. Every. Single. Day. Here are some examples of the abuse my son faces every single day. He is called: Gay....Faggot....Queer...Sissy...and worse...They like to beat him down emotionally. He has even been physically assaulted in the past....all because he isn't like THEM. As a mother, I do not care what my son's sexual orientation happens to be. He is my child. He is worthwhile. And he is EXACTLY the way he was meant to be. All that matters to me is his happiness, however that may come. When I saw this video made my a very courageous teen named Jonah, it really hit home for me. His raw emotion, vulnerability, and brutal honesty made me, as the mother of a bullied child, cry like a baby. Please take a moment to watch this powerful video:
Bullying is a REAL epidemic among our kids. It happens EVERY day. Sometimes, a child may not express their pain. It's hard to be vulnerable. It's hard to let those feelings out. It's hard to go through every day feeling like an outcast. It's OUR job as parents to let our kids know that it's never acceptable to bully someone else. Everyone is different, and no one deserves to be terrorized for their differences. We all have worth. We all have unique gifts. Let's become part of the solution by practicing kindness in our homes and being a positive example for our kids. There are too many Jonah's out there, silently suffering...I know...My son is one of them. Please share this video. We can make a difference.
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud Mom of 3 amazing kids. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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