“My child is doubting their purpose for living and for the first time I don’t know what to do.” When a friend told me this I was heartbroken. No one, child or adult, should ever feel this way yet there are so many that do. It turns out their child is being bullied, which is one of the reasons they are feeling so alone. Did you know 160,000 kids miss school each day for being bullied? The statistics are alarming, but they can change and the change starts with YOU.
Think Kindness is a nonprofit organization that goes to schools, spreading the message of “be kind.” “When we first started, we started with 20 schools a year and now we’re in over 100 schools, taking our year round program coast to coast. We’ve grown exponentially with our team of speakers and global projects and global outreach,” said founder, Brian Williams.
Kids learn from the examples set by adults. As adults, we can teach them how to be kind to others, as well as to themselves. The One Caring Adult tour stopped in Reno, Nevada on Monday, September 11. The message was about how to best care for and help your kids, while using information found in The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans. This book breaks down the different focuses children have, depending on their age, and how we as adults can best guide them. “To give parents and caring adults in our community the tools and strategies on how to raise happy and successful teenagers,” Williams said when asked about the importance of the event.
Seeing the impactful reaction from the audience during the event, I knew this book was exactly what my friend needed to read. Whether you have kids, or are a caring adult in your community, I encourage you to spread the message of kindness and to be a listening ear. You never know the impact you can have on a person’s life.