I am taking a side note from my original blog post tonight and want to ask you some questions, to start the movement, the keyboards typing fiercely and chatter amongst ourselves loud enough to make a difference!!!
#DOITFORDOLLY we’ve seen this plastered EVERYWHERE the last week and rightly so….. it really is so sad that it has taken us this long to start really raising awareness about children taking their life, that’s what they are CHILDREN. These poor, poor kids who feel the weight of the world on their shoulders and feel they have no other option but to take their life.
Last year in my home town a 15 year old took her own life due to the same thing….. bullying! This is ridiculous. This is absurd…. not only do I have to worry about drugs, guns and bombs with my young family I now have to worry about bullying as I am feeling it is this extreme!
I raise these questions to you….
At what stage do we open up to our children about bullying??
I tell you what, I started last year. When I heard my 4 year old refer to a girl at her day care as “fat” Hannah. I ALMOST DIED!!!! I couldn’t believe these words that came out of her mouth. Boy did she get a serving. We have now banned that word in our house over the top, maybe but I feel it necessary!!!! MORTIFIED………we don’t talk like this in our house and I am not the type of parent to sit there and say “well who did you hear it from? And who came up with this name?? It wasn’t you, you learnt it from someone, didn’t you???” NO. You said it. You’ve been saying it your just as bad.
So again, this week with Dolly taking her life, it has raise more questions I want to talk about with the girls, 12, 6 and 4.
Obviously not going into detail with the 6 and 4 year old about taking your own life ect, but at the same time bullying and standing by saying nothing is just not tolerated in our house. It has to start at home. Come on guys, start talking. We have to take responsibility and start to talk to them about this, about how words can be hurtful even if you didn’t mean it. How powerful words are. They cannot be taken back once they are put out there.
My 12 year old step daughter is heading into high school, 18 months younger then Dolly.
Is she too young to be told how peoples words can hurt someone so badly they have no other option??
Is she too young to be told that people take their own life? To be drummed into her that keyboard warriors and verbally telling someone their life isn’t worth anything is totally unacceptable??
To emphasis to her that standing by and saying nothing is just as bad??
I don’t think so, but I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on how and to what depth to go into at what age. Type away people, tag each other, share blog posts on this, don’t let the social media hype of this fire burn out. Do it for our kids. Do it to make a better future. Do it to make a kinder world. JUST DO IT!!!!!