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Posted on General November 4, 2018 by Mary George


November always seems to be a time of reflection for me. With Thanksgiving right around the corner I inevitably think about the ups and downs of the past year and the people and choices that have been positive for me and for my family. This year I keep coming back to “community” and why it is so very important in our lives. The present, pervasive negativity that hangs over us as a country I feel can be lessened by those that we know are good for our individual souls. You know, those friends that fill you up and remind you of who you are…the groups that you are a part of that work for the greater good of others…the teachers that work tirelessly to guide our children… our neighbors who offer a smile and a wave on the way out the door in the morning…the people who believe in what you do and offer their help.  It is these connections and friendships that bring the positivity back to our lives and remind us that there is goodness out there. So in reflection we are grateful and thankful for you  – the wonderful people of our various communities that continue to give encouragement and friendship and especially those who have given us at My Remarkable Self unwavering support throughout the years.

— Mary & Claire

 

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A little kindness

Posted on Friendship, General October 4, 2018 by Mary George

In our My Remarkable Self program, we work with children and adults to understand what bullying and cyberbullying is and how to prevent it through interactive  lessons and workshops.In observation of National Bullying Prevention Month we thought that we would share a few ideas and resources to help you be a part of the movement to stop bullying.
Kids:
  1. Ask the new student in your class to sit with you at lunch or on the bus. Check out the check out the FANTASTIC “Sit with Us” App designed by a student!
  2. Make friends with someone at school who you don’t know. Many children wish that someone had done that for them at some point.
  3. Be respectful of others’ opinions even if they are not your own.
  4. Figure out what you love to do, whether it is painting, writing, playing a sport or an instrument and do it!
  5. Be an UPSTANDER – Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims.
Parents:
1.  Learn what bullying is what it is not.
2.  Set a good example and model kind and respectful behavior.
3.  Get involved in a community group where your child can interact with kids who are outside of your normal school or social group.
4.  Be a good listener – encourage conversations with your child with open-ended questions.
5.  Encourage your child to do what they love or enjoy which will boost their self confidence.
Resources:
Stopbuillying.gov
STOMPoutbullying.org
Cyberbullying.org – Cyberbullying Research Center
The Bully Project
Pacer.org – National Bullying Prevention – Resources
Bully (2011) – Documentary
Finding Kind – Documentary
— Mary & Claire

**My Remarkable Self is available to give workshops, school/camp assemblies and classes for parents, students, educators and businesses. Please contact us at info@myremarkableself.com for further information.**

 

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