I took this picture of my daughter, Julianna, a few years ago.
She was going to make a wish, and was so focused on her thoughts.
You see, over the years, Julianna has been picked on and laughed at, for the way she appears and acts, from other kids. Even now in high school, I see the same thing happening. And gosh, it really hurts. I believe it would hurt any parent to see their child(ren) being bullied and unaccepted at school.
What kids fail to realize or try to understand, is that Julianna is different. She is unique, in her own special way.
The fact is, we ALL are. We all have our strengths and weaknesses.
As a parent, I will work with her every day, to help her accomplish her goals. To help her realize that she is beautiful, inside AND out. I hope that parents can teach their children about being accepting of others, no matter how different they may seem.
Those kids who choose to neglect and bully just may realize one day that they are missing out on a beautiful friendship.
“Different, not less”Temple Grandin
Let’s help our society to treat people with respect, love, and compassion – no matter what our differences are.
Kindness goes a long way!