Everyone is Talking
About the Dad facing a police investigation for standing up to the bullies at his kids’ school.
Why do I care?
With the suicide this week of a 14 year-old girl after being bullied repeatedly by her classmates for over a year, it feels prudent that this discussion continue. Schools, parents, authorities and children need to work together to evolve the approach to how these incidents are handled and managed over the long term – to ensure children are safe, and the offenders held accountable in a real way, so the abuse stops.
Tell me more.
Christopher Cooper, dad to Millie (11) and Braiden (9), living in the UK, posted this plea on Facebook, about the abuse his two children endured from school bullies for over a year. In spite of his efforts to work with the other parents, the school and local officials – nothing significant was done because many incidents happened off of school property. Injuries to his children included being beaten and broken bones. The end result to all of this? Mr. Cooper is now being investigated because he spoke with the bully.
In both incidents above, the children were advocated for by the parents, they did everything they should, and nothing was done to resolve the incidents in an effective way.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
This week is World Immunization Week, and we want you to feel informed and empowered in your decision-making process as you consider the varying vaccinations your children will be asked to take throughout their life. The Huffington Post put together a piece called Talking Science: Facts About Vaccines and Herd Immunity which breaks down a few stats, the basics on what exactly a vaccine is, and the logic behind herd immunity. It’s a general overview that can give you a place to begin when it comes to make decisions regarding immunizations.
The Kids are Alright
We know that parenting children with special needs has many ebbs and flows. There are days with great wins as well as setbacks – so it makes those moments of pure joy that much more of a celebration. This video of an autistic boy seeing his favorite band Coldplay , with his dad made our day. And, quite frankly, it had us caught without a tissue, and that was simply not ok.
You have been warned.
On a lighter note, if you have yet to discover The Break Womb , you need it in your life. It’s three moms doing sketch comedy covering the hilarities of motherhood. The result is all kinds of fantastic. Each sketch is released on Wednesdays – nothing like humor for hump day. You’re welcome.
Sometimes it takes a simple video to remind us that we’re doing ok – even one created by a brand, go figure. Mad props to P&G. (**This was not sponsored, this was simply a great video that sends a lovely message.)
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