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Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

 

Good morning everyone, I am so grateful that Hurricane Sandy has finally passed over  and is gone. It has been a very frightening time not only for me and my family but also for everyone living on the east coast. My home was without electricity for 24 hours, and I am very thankful that our power came back on last night. My children were really great through this whole experience and I am so thankful that they were not too scared about what was going on and that we were able to stay with my sister and her family and just make it through this experience.

So many people have been affected by the harsh and terrifying storm that swept over us over the past few days. My prayers go out to the families who lost their loved ones during the hurricane and also to those who lost their homes.

This is definitely a time for everyone to come together, pray and help out as much as possible in any way that they can because so many people have lost so much during these past few days.

 

 

All Pictures I found on The Huffington Post.

**For those living on the east coast that need assistance in any way you can follow the link below get disaster assistance for your home, business, or family http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

**The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate.

**Feeding America has thousands of pounds of emergency food, water and supplies in the disaster zone that it is working to distribute to the storm’s victims. To donate, visit www.feedingamerica.org or call 800-910-5524.

**AmeriCares is providing medicine and other supplies to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. To donate, visit www.americares.org.

**World Vision is distributing flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people hit by the hurricane. To donate, visit www.worldvision.org.

**Save the Children is also working to provide relief to families and their children. Visit www.savethechildren.org to donate.

Please share this Post with others so that they too can spread the word to help those people and families that have been affected by the hurricane.

 

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Is Your Child Being Bullied?

Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope that everyone is doing well today, I know that it is probably a busy week for a lot of people because school has already started in some areas.

Well I wanted to just share some advice on Bullying for those of you that have school aged children. A few years ago my son was in first grade and he really like going to school until one day a boy that was a year older than him started to pick on him. My son was terrified, he was picked on every time he went on the playground, or on the bus, even after school. The bully would call him names, laugh at him, and push him around. My son’s father and I spoke to the teachers and even the principal yet the bullying did not stop. My son would cry because he did not want to go to school, he hated the thought of school, and that was just the most heartbreaking thing to see as a parent. You feel so helpless, but we consistently had talks to our son and encouraged him to stand up for himself, to be strong, bold and not to be afraid because everyone should be treated equally and not be bullied by someone else.

Bullying is very hard on children, it breaks their self-esteem, crushes their hopes and makes them feel shunned from the rest of the world. As parents/adults/friends or just anyone in society it is our duty to be spokesmen & women against bullying. We need to be there and raise the awareness of what bullying can do to children and how we can prevent and stop it from happening. I think  that if more people spoke out against bullying and punishments were put in place for bullies it could drastically lower the number of incidents. Countless children have commited suicide because they were being bullied, and that is unacceptable.

“I am Jack” is a children’s book written by author Susanne Gervay, the book is basically about a boy named Jack who loves going to school until another kid starts calling him “butthead” and then the other kids start calling him that too. It takes you through the life of a child being bullied and how he deals with it and overcomes it. I think that this book will definitely help children understand what bullying is and how to overcome it/deal with it/ and help others who are dealing with being bullied.

I wish I had this book a few years ago to read to my child, but I have it now to read to my youngest child and my niece. Every parent, teacher and student should read this book. It should be read together and discussed. It is so simple and yet so common.

***If you or someone you know has a child that is dealing with this issue you can visit this WEBSITE  http://s3753.myubam.com/p/1593/i-am-jack  to purchase this book. It will make a big difference in a child’s life.

***If you or someone you know needs help or advice on bullying you can visit http://www.pacer.org/bullying/?gclid=CNnmjviOjbICFcXb4AodsE0ApQ . This is a website commited to raising awareness about bullying and helping children and teens stand up and stop it.

Literacy Tip Of the week

Do you know a struggling reader?

 Or a child who hates to read? Read aloud to them at least 30 minutes a day, and seek help immediately from a  teacher trained in high quality reading remediation. You will be giving a child hope and the skills to succeed in life.

Having books readily available around the house is a great idea to encourage reading. I have a little box filled with story books next to my kids bed, as well as a box of story books next to their toys in the living room. You can come up with your own creative ways to have books around the house as well, like maybe even having a few in the car. A good idea is to have not just books but even comic books, magazines etc.. things that you know that will interest your child. If your child likes dinosaurs, butterflies, science or dolls, then make sure to have a few story books and magazines about those things. Your little one will love it, and  remember that  learning to read should always be fun and for children.

Encouraging your child to read and reading to them for at least 20 minutes each day is a great way to help your child/children fall in love with books and reading.

For great books, homework helpers and tips for beginning readers and even school age children you can check out my website at http://www.S3753.myubam.com