Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Green Giant “Raise a Giant”

This post is sponsored by General Mills and Green Giant through MyBlogSpark.

Green Giant® knows that raising kids is a lot more involved than just getting them to eat their vegetables.

Bullying is something that unfortunately we have all been exposed to at one time or another. In fact I can attest that it isn't just kids that are bullied. Unfortunately bullies come in all sorts of forms, but the fact that kids are targeted, especially by peers, is really sad. Not only do kids these days have to watch there backs in school, at the playground, etc. but in this day and age kids can even be bullied on the internet. This is why I believe that our children need our help by giving our encouragement and support to help them learn and grow with confidence.

Green Giant has teamed up 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?
Green Giant is 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.
  1. Visit RaiseAGiant.com to find inspiration from the letters parents have written to their children.
  2. Start your letter by letting your child know how special he or she is. Give examples of the unique things you love most about your child.
  3. Encourage your child to always be proud of who they are, no matter what others may do or say.
  4. Help your child recognize the signs of bullying.
  5. Ask your child to not stay silent when they see someone being bullied. Show them that the right thing to do is help the person being bullied or go tell an adult. And, if they are comfortable with it, to speak up and say something.
  6. Explain to your child how bullying is never ok, no matter what.
  7. Share a story from when you were a kid of a time you experienced bullying and how you handled it.
  8. Offer some suggestions for how to deal with bullying and explain how just one kid saying “that’s not ok” can influence other kids and help them become giants too.
  9. Make sure your child knows that you will always protect and support them.
  10. Let your child know that they are not alone and reassure them that you will always work with them to overcome whatever problems they may experience.
  11. Share your letter at RaiseAGiant.com to inspire other families to be a part of the bullying prevention solution.
With your encouragement we can help all of our kids create a safer, happier world.

My Letter to my kids:
My Dearest Children,
I am so grateful to have you all as my children. You are so very special to me and I love you so very much.   Each of you have special talents and interests unique to you and that is what is so great about each of you. It is very hard for me to admit that you are all getting older. Each step into adulthood from childhood brings with it more responsibility. Standing up for truth and right are some of the things I have taught you.

When a child at school is bullied by another, speak up! Tell an adult about what is happening. Know that you are not alone and what ever problems arise I am there for you. Bullying is never right, no matter what the circumstance. Have courage to stand up for what is right and defend the one being hurt. Always be kind and caring to everyone. Don't ever make anyone feel bad about themselves. Lead by good example. I have faith that each of you will make the correct decisions. CTR and hold to the rod!

Love, Mom

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I was given the opportunity to give someone of my choosing a $25 Gift Card and have $25 donated in my name to the PACER Center for Bully Prevention. Information were all provided free by General Mills and Green Giant through MyBlogSpark. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this promotion.

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