*A donation to PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center was made in my name, and I received information from Green Giant via MyBlogSpark for purposes of this review, however all opinions are my own.
Check it Out! Bullying is a big problem, it always has been but drawing attention to it and talking to our kids and others about it is a great start to helping to change the problem. Green Giant has teamed up with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center and We Day Minnesota to help kids and parents learn how to prevent, stop and cope with bullying. The Raise a Giant campaign isn't about being big and bad, but about being the best you can be, it's about finding that inner courage that will allow kids to rise up against bullying by standing up for themselves and for others.
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Bullying is one of the main reasons that I homeschool my kids. My oldest son was a victim of bullying for the majority of his public school years 1st through 6th. It was little stuff at first, making fun of his glasses, calling him four eyes, and just general picking on him. I noticed a difference in him in the 5th grade, it was a specific boy that seemed to be the problem and it of course came to a head. After my son blew up and said something that got him suspended, he changed a little, became quieter, less trusting, shier. Once he entered middle school, it got worse and more severe. My little boy was gone and I had a sad young man that had lost his love for school. He is so smart and loves to learn, but those bullies made it hard for him. It wasn't cool to like school, wear glasses and be almost 6 feet tall in the 6th grade! Yes, he is a big boy, but he is a big teddy bear. So I pulled him out of public school and I told my son, how much he is loved, how special he is to me and his whole family and how smart, funny and brave he is. He loves to hug and he loves to talk about history and gaming! As his mom, I could go on for hours about how great he is, but it doesn't really do any good unless I tell him! So I tell him...all the time...even at 16! Have you spoken to your children about Bullying yet?
At http://www.raiseagiant.com/ you can learn how to "Read, Write & Share" and encourage kids to stand up against bullying. Read through letters that parents and other caregivers have written and get inspiration to write your own letter. When you sign up you can also get tips to on how to get started writing your letter if you need help. You can also share your letter to encourage others.
I was excited to participate in this campaign because a donation to the PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center was made in my name and that makes me feel awesome! And on top of that I get to give away a $25 Visa Gift Card to one lucky Check it Out! with Dawn reader! Just enter via the Rafflecopter form below and don't forget to write that letter!