Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. ~ Henry James
Little League is behind us and school has already started. I can’t believe how quickly this summer passed us by.
That means that it is time for my back to school reminder to be nice!
As your kids head back to school, please remind them that the thoughts and feelings of others do matter — I’m not trying to insinuate that you don’t have the right to defend yourself, but fighting bullying with bullying is never the answer.
The anonymity of the internet in general makes it easy to forget that there are real people out there with real feelings, fighting real battles and struggling daily. There is no need to add to that by being callous and mean to those you somehow feel are lesser than you.
You never really know for sure the impact your words and actions can have on people. You never know when that nerve you choose to needle may be the nerve that breaks someone down.
You also never know when your nice actions, that support someone and raise him or her up, may be the action that saves their life.
How many kids just need someone to talk to? To hear them? To be nice to them? To be reminded that they are OK?
I don’t think that everyone is going to get along with everyone, all the time. Nor am I deluded enough to think that being nice to everyone all time is feasible. I actually think that it would be kinda weird if everyone liked everyone else. However, not liking someone isn’t free reign to be a jerk to them.
So as your kids head out to school this year, please remind them that their words and actions impact those around them whether they realize it or not and no one ever suffered because they were nice to someone and no one was ever injured because someone was nice to them.
Along with new clothes, backpacks and pens and pencils, make sure you send your kids back to school with some knowledge too. Make sure they know and understand where to find help if they need it. You, grandparents, teachers, counselors…ensure they know who they can go to if they need someone to talk to.
Most schools have developed a zero-tolerance policy regarding bullying, but since we live in such a digital age, kids can be walking around with bullies in their ‘pocket’.
Please make sure that you are ‘friends’ with your kids on Facebook and ‘following’ them on Instagram and Twitter. It’s so much easier for kids to be bullied by faceless screen names. It is also important that you have the usernames and passwords to these accounts. It may seem like an invasion of privacy, but these social media tools aren’t their diaries. Checking up on their online and text messaging activities is an easy way to cut potential bullying and other less-than-appropriate activities off at the pass.
MLB-Little League Classic
So I mentioned that I was one of the lottery winners for the tickets to the MLB-Little League Classic. Lou has a more in-depth look at the game on page 12, but I just want to add my two cents. I thought the game was pretty great. Bowman Field has never looked better and the steps that MLB took to keep the Little Leaguers engaged with the game and players was amazing. The only knock I have on the game was the seating for the lottery winners. Man, we were packed in like sardines. If they consider doing something like this again, I would recommend a bit more breathing room for the people in the bleachers.