Every time a youth comes to my office, I feel like I learn from them. They are all about being given the opportunity to speak, because I think way too often they are shut down and just considered “Troubled Teenagers.” I really have a problem with that.
Many people struggle with asking for help for various reasons. They may fear rejection, they might be stubborn and feel they don’t need help, or they don’t feel they are worthy of help. These are just a few examples.
I see that we need to change the way we approach eradicating bullying, and to stop leaving it to the teachers and the students. We need to work collaboratively as parents and educators to listen to the needs of the children and to let them know we support them. As parents we also need to step up and realize that all children are capable of bullying and all are susceptible to being bullied, but if we can emulate the patience and support that your amazing school has shown, maybe someday kids can learn in safety.
I came to find out that after my mother gave me up for adoption she had to return to university, and prayed that I was safe in the arms of my new family, wherever that may be. Little did she know that I had been adopted by my parents, six doors down from her..
“When you spiral down from alcohol you bring 30 or 40 people with you, but when you spiral up you also bring 30 or 40 people with you. So we are trying to reverse what is going on. If you ever get the chance to come out to a sweat you will see what I am talking about, man, there is so much love there.”