I’m Raising A Giant and a Giveaway

October is a month of many things. One of those is Bullying awareness month. Today also happens to be #SpiritDay. Which means it’s the perfect time for me to tell you why I am raising a giant.

 

Green Giant says “Being a giant isn’t about being the biggest or the best. It’s about finding your inner courage to rise above the crowd and do what is right. It means using your voice to stand up for others, which sometimes may mean standing up to your own friends.” 

 

I love that. I want my kids to be Giants too.  To make our kids Giants it takes adults to talk to and teach them what to do, and what is right. So today I am sharing with you my letter to K1.

 

K1,

You’re beautiful. Your beauty is different from other people. You have strawberry blonde (red) hair, and not many others share that with you. I love it! Once upon a time, I tried to dye my hair that color. Your smaller than most girls your age, which makes snuggling great! You are shy and outgoing all mixed up into one, and that is a wonderful surprise. It makes me feel special to be let in on all of you and your secrets, and sometimes you choose not to share that with everyone, and that is okay.

Sometimes kids and adults are mean to others, especially when they are different. Some kids might pick on you, or tease you, because YOUR different. Maybe they are mean to your friends. But that is not okay. We are all different, and our differences make us special. Life would be boring if we were all the same.

All of that is also known as bullying, and bullying is never okay.

It doesn’t matter who it is, they are wrong. I want YOU to speak up. I want you to use your words and tell them they are wrong.

When I was in sixth grade there was a boy who was new to class. It was the beginning of the school year and no one would have known that he was new to town, except our city was small. Another boy who I knew from previous school years started to give him a hard time. I can’t even remember what it was about to be honest. I just know that I, me, teeny tiny Gwen, your mommy, stood up from my seat and told him to “stop, leave him alone.” I then proceeded to stand between the two like a person breaking up a fight, only there wasn’t one, not a physical fight any how. That was it. The bullying stopped.

I then turned around to meet the new boy, who’s name was Adam. That was the day that we became friends. We remained close friends for a long time. Thanks to Facebook we still talk occasionally today.

I want you to realize that your words do matter, they mean something. One kid can make a change. Some times bullying goes on because no one mentions it’s not right. Do that. Be that voice.

Daddy and I will always protect you. We will always listen to you. We will always love you. We will always support you, even when we don’t like your decisions. We will always be proud of you, even when you fall on your face. That means you tried something, we all mess up. You will never be alone. We will always help you overcome whatever obstacles you face, because we love you.

 
I think this girl can be a giant.
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Don’t you?
 
Green Giant is currently hosting a bully-prevention campaign. Go to their “Raise A Giant” website and look around. Write a letter to your kids, and share it with others. Read other parents letters, for inspiration.

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17 Responses to 'I’m Raising A Giant and a Giveaway'

  1. Stephanie says:

    This makes my heart happy as K1 is one of my favorite children that I’ve ever had the chance to interact with. Being a redhead is different and tough when you’re young, I know that first hand, but being older I appreciate how different I am. I’m proud of you and the young woman you’re raising. And I’m hopeful I’ll be around to watch her become a giant! 🙂

  2. Kari says:

    Tears! That letter is beautiful and touching and moving and PERFECT! I DO believe she can be a Giant. With a mom like you, how could she not. Now, go submit that letter to someone, somewhere so it can be published and EVERYONE is able to read that!

    • Gwen says:

      Awe thank you for the kind words lady. I did publish it on the Raising a Giant website with other letters from parents. Where were you suggesting?

    • Gwen says:

      Also, you should claim a giveaway entry for your comment 🙂

  3. kelly mistry says:

    What a great campaign. I love that you can use it to talk to your children about being a giant! My daughter is in Kindergarten this year and I worry going foward about bullying.

  4. David Balkin says:

    This is actually a great campaign…since I’m about to have a daughter myself. I learned about parents sharing letters to their children to help them rise above bullying.

  5. Madeline says:

    I learned that Green Giant partners with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to develop an in-school student-to-student curriculum.

  6. Rosie says:

    I love this – what being a “giant” really is “Being a giant isn’t about being the biggest or the best. It’s about finding your inner courage to rise above the crowd and do what is right. It means using your voice to stand up for others, which sometimes may mean standing up to your own friends”. I was always a peanut, and was easily picked on. My mom did her best, but I wish she had these tips!

  7. Sharon says:

    i love all the support for anti bullying — and the focus on not teaching kids to be a tattletale or a weak wallflower, but to stand up and do what is right and to be the bigger person by setting a good example that others will follow

  8. Ashley Evans says:

    Stopping Bulling is one thing that I’m passionate about. No one should ever be bullied for the way they look or for who they are. It disgust me that children can be so cruel and that most adults and schools won’t do anything about it. Bullying is not just “Kids being kids.” It’s about how another human being is ruining another human beings life.

  9. judy gardner says:

    what a beautiful and heart touching letter! i dont have kids myself but i have neices and nephews that have not yet experienced bullying and we keep an open dialoge about it. you must be a great mom!

  10. kathy dalton says:

    Thia letter brought tears to my eyes. I commend Green Giant for participating in this plight.

  11. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I learned they are partnered with We Day Minnesota

  12. Michelle says:

    I love that being a giant has nothing to do with size!

  13. Thomas Murphy says:

    I learned they partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

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