Uplifting our Children

Written by: Brittany Clausen

It's important that we continue to uplift our kids inside and outside of our homes every day. You can do so in multiple ways. Here's just a few to get the momentum going-- from FamilyShare.com.

1. "I am grateful for you every day."

By sharing this with your little one(s), you are telling them that you see purpose within them. They are of value to you on a daily basis. It's important to tell them this verbally, because for many people and children (especially), affirmation is a key piece to them being who they are, and them doing it confidently.

2. "I believe in you./I trust you."

For kids at a young age, trust can be very powerful. It instills responsibility, so even when they have to make tough decisions and you aren't around, they can remember that you entrusted responsibility, and thus, can make a strong effort to do the right thing.

3. "I know you are capable."

This saying has so much power behind it. When you say this to your child, you are not only saying that they are capable of completely a task, you are speaking life into them. You are saying that you are capable to do anything you want and do it well. Even if you fail, you are capable of winning. You are capable of success.

 

Go a little farther with your child and try daily affirmations. No matter what age- 0 to 75 years old, everyone needs to believe they are capable every day.

Reflection on Two Kids Assaulting a Very Young Trump Supporter

Written by: Brittany Clausen

**CAUTION: video PORTRAYS VIOLENCE & profanity.**

Back in November 2016, two kids were caught on video assaulting a young Trump supporter. Let's all take a sigh for humanity. This behavior, regardless of your views for presidential candidacy, is truly unacceptable.

Whether you are aware or not, our youth will always see adults as role models.  Good and bad ones. It's our job to demonstrate what it looks like to respectfully oppose someone's opinion on passionate issues. If you feel strongly on a subject, there is a way to express that,  but you must be able to hold a conversation.

I find that when a person with opposite views is willing to listen and you are willing to hold a healthy debate, love happens and people come together. It may sound corny, but now more than ever, humanity needs to win. We need to come together as a whole and fight for one another.

Because youth need to see that we can love. Out of pain, we can love. We can heal each other. Adults, let's be better to each other. Let's work through our stigmas to better mankind.

Iowa Principal Shaves Head in the Name of Love

Written by: Brittany Clausen

When Tim Hadley, Principal of Pekin Middle School, heard of a group of children taunting 11-year old Jackson Johnston, he sought out a different approach for discipline.

Instead of traditionally disciplining the bullies, he gathered them and their fellow classmates for an assembly to teach them something they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

In this assembly, Hadley told KCCI, “We can bring in the kids responsible, we can pull out the handbook and swat them with it, or we can choose to make this a life lesson".

Watch this video to find out what happens next:

“I heard that a couple people in this room made some comments to [Jackson], maybe kind of poking fun at him cause it looks a little different. That doesn’t sit right with me,” Hadley says in the clip. “The lesson here is this: If you truly believe in something, stand up for it even if it’s different.”

KCCI says that after this assembly, several of the kids apologized to Jackson which makes this story even better.

According to the Huffington Post, Hadley reported that many of the kids came back to the school in support for Jackson and his grandfather.

This story goes to show that when you speak out against bullying, love happens. A community of support can show up. Speak out against bullying today.