Teaching Compassion to Children – Norco, CA

Summer is passing by so quickly. Soon the kids will be back at school and all the business of autumn is with us.

This school year we would like to encourage you to help your children become sensitive to the feelings that they see in their classmates, friends and family. Your sensitivity will be a big part of their developing it within themselves. If you are already helping a friend or family member as they are dealing with a problem, let them see what you are doing. It could be as simple as their knowing that you have been just sitting with that friend or family member. When they begin to understand the idea of just being there, perhaps not having to solve the problem, but just letting that person know they are cared for, your child will be on a great journey to compassion and caring that will serve them all their lives. Thanks for being great examples!

Parents can Help Develop High Self-Esteem to Prevent Bullying – Riverside, CA

One of the ways that we can really help our children develop self-esteem is by helping them see the value of their experiences and accomplishments. When they look at these each day, they begin to see how their abilities and personal strengths shape their world.

By helping our children count their win or wins for the day, they have the chance to enjoy the fun of each day, in addition to evaluating and learning from some of the things that might not have seemed very pleasant. This can be such a great exercise for all family members. Try it at the dinner table each night or just before you head the kids off to bed. Help them see the good that is in their lives and they will be more apt to share that goodness with others through care and kindness.

When Bullying Leads to Depression: The Story of S.A.C.K

Don and I were both teachers when we married. We were blessed with two children, Steve and Tami. Steve was a gifted child but by the 5th and 6th grade he was experiencing a lot of bullying in school, but he never told us about it. He just kept it to himself.

We knew his self-esteem was not very high and we tried everything we could think of to help, including counseling, but by the time he was in high school, his attitude and behavior were a big concern to us. They did not expect him to graduate. Unfortunately his depression was not identified.

It wasn’t long until he got into a very unhealthy love relationship which caused him great frustration, grief and sadness.

On his 19th birthday, he lost his final battle when he took his own life.

We don’t want this to happen to any more families. Bullying started Steve on this downward journey until the depression took over.

The pain of this terrible loss led us to establish the SACK Foundation with a desire to help children live, laugh and love in a bully-free environment. Every child has that right.