Bullying has become a serious problem in our society. Unfortunately, it is not limited to getting beat up, either. It is SO much more than that. Children are being terrorized by OTHER children. We, as moms and parents, must do our part in identifying and helping end this horrible act of abuse. You see, I was a bullied child. I was the geek and the child that was beaten up after school and made fun of relentlessly -- every day. I hated school and never fit in. I lived in fear and never felt good enough since I was not accepted by my peers. My parents did little to aid in the situation... I assume because bullying was not yet considered a real problem. Unfortunately, the effects of childhood bullying still haunts my thought life. I can still hear that inner voice telling me that I will never be good enough, pretty enough, funny enough or popular enough to ever really be loved and accepted by my peers. Sad, but true. I tell you this so that you can see how the pain of it carries on … [Read more...]
Local Media Reads Bully Blog
And Your Prayers Are Answered! Not long ago, the nice folks at Moms of Faith responded to my inquiry about posting blog stories related to my personal and family faith challenges. As a “stay at home mom”, I’ll have to admit that I was unfamiliar with the term SAHM. And WAHM too, for that matter! (I know… I know, it’s embarrassing; so, please don’t tell anyone!) Believe me, I felt a little stupid wondering what “WAHM” was all about on what I felt was about the coolest online center for moms ever! I thought it was an onomatopoeia for a loud, crashing noise! It just didn’t make sense! But, oh well! There sure seemed to be a crowd of moms at Moms of Faith hanging out on their site and sharing God! This was a crazy new adventure coming from a mom who just figured out that after nearly 11 years, she was a SAHM! So, go figure! Next, imagine my excitement when Moms of Faith wrote back after reading my newly compiled blog entry and said they would “try me out”! So, “Woo … [Read more...]
Holy Boldness Batman!!
“You’re too little to be in school!” “Hey SHORTIE!” “Angie, why don’t you stand up? Oh, YOU ARE!” “Babies can’t go to school!” “Why are you so small?” Here’s a good one: “ANTgie! ANTgie! You’re not taller than an ANT!gie!” “Should we step on her?” Those are just a few of the many jeers I heard while I was growing up and going to school. As a matter of fact, at 45 years old, I still get teased for being vertically challenged. At five feet tall and barely 110 pounds (sometimes), I remember using the comeback: “I may be small… but I’m SMART!” Wellll… maybe that was just good acting! At least, that’s what Dan (my husband) would say today! Hahahaha! Lately, though, I realized that I was probably picked on just as much as the next kid for being short and full of freckles, or whatever kids found different. I bet if I have heard it once, I have heard it a hundred times: “Were you standing in front of a screen door when someone was painting?” Seriously, what’s so … [Read more...]