So I began watching “13 Reasons Why” with my kids. I thought it was going to be another “after school type special” the kind that touches the surface of a hot topic but never delves deep into the heart of it, but I was wrong.
It was gritty and a honest look at bullying and teen suicide.
It was a bit difficult to watch as I found the main character very relatable but it did open up a dialogue with my kids regarding these very real facts that happen to kids both male and female everyday. They learned that not only was I their mom, but I was once a kid, once bullied, I was sexually assaulted by my peers more than once, labeled the school slut by school faculty and classmates alike and once attempted to take my own life.
It told my story and I’m glad that I watched it. And here is why you should watch it too:
- This is happening in every school in America.
- Bullying is not part of the J.H.S/H.S experience.
- 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each year.
- Know the signs.
- Speak to your children or anyone that you love about this very real topic.
- Suicide is preventable.
- Suicide is NOT an an attempt to gain attention.
- If you need someone to talk to reach out to the
- If you think you were sexually assaulted please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673)
- There is always hope and there is always help
- Know that you are not alone.
- Suicide is NEVER the answer
- I was once Hannah Baker
I’ve always celebrated ST. Patrick’s Day, I mean what’s not to love, beer, soda bread corned beef yum. Also my oldest is 1/4 Irish so I thought it only fair to have some sort of tradition growing up. The corned beef not the beer.
But I never really felt the Luck of the Irish until 12 years ago. Here is a previous facebook status I would like to share from a year ago:
This year, I chose not to dwell on all the fear and uncertainty that we experienced in March 11 short years ago. But focus on the love and hope. Some may know my little girl was born with a heart ❤️disorder that required emergency surgery at just 6 weeks old. She’s a fighter and after 9 uncertain days she was released from the hospital. I always say ” Its the luck of the Irish 🍀that brought her home”.
Now she’s here cartwheeling her way into the U.S. Cheer finals. My oldest daughter is part Irish, so let’s celebrate!Today also has another significant beautiful reason for celebration. My nephew👶🏽 will be born today. Waiting anxiously for updates from beautiful grandma
Thank you God for these gifts.
So as you celebrate today and raise your glasses heres my wish for you all “May neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you!”
I didn’t write that lol
#MyBabyGirl #Survivor #Fighter #LuckOfTheIrish
Update 2017: My daughter is once again going to the U.S. Finals, my nephew is celebrating his 1st birthday and I will be of course engaging in Jai’nanigans.
via Daily Prompt: Luck
As a mom, I would love to put my children in a bubble and protect them from certain things. Bullies and a broken heart are at the top of this list. Today I write about heart break.It is my greatest Desire to protect them when I feel that a potential partner may not be the one. Sue Me.
We never want to imagine our daughters balled up in their beds crying over some boy or girl who broke their heart but we can imagine it. But what if it’s our sons? Society teaches us that we have to raise our young men to be emotionless and strong. No crying, especially over a girl.
So to watch my own son, my only son, my grown son going through this is so heart breaking to me.I’m still feeling raw over my own heart break that occurred 6 days ago, it’s as if I am reliving it. I don’t want to give him the wrong advice. What do you do when you can’t help, can’t heal. There is no band-aid in the world that can cover this wound.
I can only tell him it won’t hurt this much next week, and hopefully much less the week after. It’s much like when someone dies, you cry and then one day you realize they are in a better place and are at peace with your feelings. My hope is that he will realize he is in a better place and move on.
I love you.
via Daily Prompt: Desire