Have you heard the saying, “It takes a Village to raise a child?”
If you’re a kid then maybe you have not heard this – but I’d like for you to think about it for a minute:
This is an idea that many people believe to be true. This is because we all believe that you – our children – are our most important purpose in life.
NOTHING is more important than your well-being. You matter, and you matter BIG time!
We adults have to work together to help you grow up strong, healthy and able to enjoy life and all that is wonderful about you, and about our world. You deserve to feel safe and secure, and to be peaceful in your surroundings, and you deserve the best that your parents and family can give you.
I really believe this is true, and this is my commitment to YOU. I say this for my children, for their friends and for all of you who are reading this on my website and blog.
If you are reading this, chances are that you are struggling with some challenge in your life that is really hard for you to overcome by yourself. And you shouldn’t feel like you have to do this on your own…we adults have responsibility for helping you through these things.
You need people to believe you, believe in your right to be free and healthy, and you need people who will speak up on your behalf. So here goes:
If someone is getting in the way of your rights, we adults and advocates and especially parents need to know about it. If someone is hurting you in ANY way, we need you to be strong and tell us. It’s the only way we can handle the people who are hurting you – and it is the only way we can help you.
You are very brave. So know that I and our “village” recognize that, and are here to support you. You are NOT alone.
And even if someone has disappointed you in the past when you’ve asked for help, please know that it is ok to feel disappointed and to even be angry at someone who didn’t follow through and help you. Even though that felt bad, and you may be worried that someone else will disappoint you, I want you to try this again.
I do know that this is hard, and that when you’ve been hurt it is easier to stay quiet and to give in to shame and fear than it is to speak up and ask for help. Just know that we can work through that, ok?
It is your right to be supported and helped through this. So please ask your parent or another adult you trust to let me know how I can help you and them.
Who am I?
I am a Mother – one who has worked hard to help my own children overcome fear, worry and sadness. There were people who got in my way and caused my children to hurt a lot. So we know how you feel, and how your parents feel. My children are healthy and happy now, so if I can help them…then I can help YOU. (No, I don’t do this alone; there are lots of great people here who want to help you! It’s important to know I do this because I’m a good PARENT. I work with both mothers and fathers to help kids get what they need. Sometimes parents need help…so let’s see what we can do for them, too, ok?)
I am an Advocate – this means I work in our community to help others see what they need to do, helping them to do it BETTER, so that you can get what you need. Does that make sense?
I am a COACH! This is my JOB. I lift other people up and make them stronger, so that we can all make things better for you – our kids. If you have P.E. at school, or know about sports, you know about coaches, right? I love coaching kids! It’s my favorite thing to do…so think of me as someone who can help you do better in this challenging “game” that you want to win.
Did you know … there are many people here who want to help you? Leaders in our business community, in our schools, at our hospitals and in our neighborhoods…all who want to work to see you get what you need!
So if this feels right to you – and you can help me help YOU – ask an adult to help you get in touch with me.
How do we get in touch with each other? Easy… Use this page – click HERE – to send me your email and/or phone number.
~ Keep being Yourself ~ Believe ~ Play ~ Dream ~ Be a Kid! ~