Last week, one of my blogging buddies, Laura, posted a story on her site, Raising Soldiers for Christ, Patches for Laurelai. The story was about a sweet little girl named Laurelai. You can read the whole story here but basically Laurelai was being teased and picked on because she has to wear an eye patch for medical reasons.
While reading the story I was moved and decided I would participate in Laura’s social media campaign. Cakey and Doodles were sitting across from me in the living room. I looked at my little girls and knew I would move mountains if someone were teasing one of them. I decided to take this opportunity to give my girls a lesson on teasing, bullying, and kindness.
I read the story to Cakey and Doodles. I was prepared to explain to them why teasing is wrong and what bullying is, I was not prepared for the response I got from them. As I read about Laurelai being teased, Cakey said, “That not nice, Momma!” I said, “You’re right. God made each of us special and we should not tease each other like that.” I was ecstatic my girl knew that this kind of merciless teasing was wrong.
I continued reading about how sweet little Laurelai didn’t want to wear her eye patch because of how the other kids made her feel. And my sweet, little girl said something that brought me to tears. In fact, I’m tearing up just writing this. Cakey said, “Momma, me wear eye patch and take picture for her. That make her happy!” I cried and cried and hugged that sweet, beautiful little girl.
I was really surprised by what Cakey had said. Not because of her kindness, I have always known Cakey has a heart for others but I had not even read the section on Lighting Up Social Media with #PatchesforLaurelai! My little girl instinctively knew that showing solidarity to another person would help them and make them feel better. Why is it that a 3 year old knows that bullying is wrong but the rest of the general population does not get it yet?
So sweet friends, I am asking you to join Laura’s social media campaign. Go make and eye patch, take a picture and post it on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook using #PatchesForLaurelai! Make sure you tag it to @RS4Christ (on Twitter) or @RaisingSoilders4Christ (on Instagram) so that Laurelai will see it! Don’t have Twitter or Instagram? No worries you can post your photo on Facebook using the same hashtag.
Parents I truly hope you take the opportunity to use Laurelai’s story to teach your children about teasing and bullying. Together we can teach our children to #StopBullying and to be part of the #AntiBullying solution! For more information on the anti-bullying movement please visit stopbullying.gov. Will you join us?
Have a blessed day!
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