stop bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month in the United States. This is a special campaign that was officially founded in the year of 2006 by the organization known as “PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center”. This campaign is held in the month of October. Its intent and purpose is to educate and increase awareness about all types of bullying in an effort to encourage individuals to avoid engaging in the practice. Traditionally, this campaign was celebrated only in the first week of the Month of October; however, in the year of 2010, it was expanded for the entire month. Since that time, numerous activities, educational events, and various forms of awareness take place throughout the entire Month of October in celebration of National Bullying Prevention Month.

Bullying and Cyberbullying Results in Devastation

Throughout history, the traditional view of bullying was that it was a “rite of passage” in childhood. Many people believe that bullying makes a child stronger, mentally. Many of these same adults grew up quoting the ever-popular phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but, words will never hurt me.” The reality is, it has been found that words DO hurt. In fact, bullying is a highly devastating condition. Many students will avoid social events, lose a desire in attending school, experience low levels of self-esteem, suffer from high levels of anxiety, and experience depression. Many kids have suffered so immensely from bullying and cyberbullying that they have either attempted suicide or have taken their lives. Bullying – regardless of form – is not socially acceptable. That is what National Bullying Prevention Month in the United States is all about –teaching people that all forms of bullying are unacceptable and educating people on how to help themselves and others if bullying is a problem.

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Making a Difference - Volunteer

Encourage Your Kids to Celebrate “Make a Difference Day” Today, Tomorrow, and the Whole Year Through!

Each year, on October 24th, millions of people gather to celebrate “Make a Difference Day” across the nation. The common mission of the volunteers of this day is to assist in improving the lives of those in their communities and other areas. Many contribute to charity, while others help individuals and organizations in their communities. While October 24th is considered to be the absolute largest national-based day associated with community service, as parents, we should encourage our children to celebrate “Make a Difference Day” today, tomorrow, and the whole year through! In this guide, you will be provided with information on how kids may make a positive impact on their communities and the world, as a whole.

Create Blessing Bags for the Homeless

Homelessness in the United States is quickly growing into a very challenging issue. According to statistics, well over 3.5 million people suffer from homelessness each and every single year. 35% of all the people that are homeless are families that have children. 23% of the homeless are those that are military veterans. 25% of the homeless are kids that are under the age of 18. 30% of the homeless are those that have become homeless as a result of being a victim of domestic violence. 25% of all the homeless have mental illnesses. Nearly all of the homeless suffer from some type of illness that directly relates to their lack of shelter, lack of clean water, and lack of food. If you want your children to make a difference in the world, you should start by encouraging them to make blessing bags for the homeless.

Blessing bags are simple to create. The products placed in such a bag are designed to address immediate needs. Basic supplies that will aid in providing the homeless person with hydration, nutrition, warmth, and toiletries are typically provided in the blessing bags. In most instances, a blessing bag may be created by using a large zipper-sealed see-through Ziploc bag; however, you may also place the items in other types of containers. Once the blessing bags are made, you should either place them in your vehicle, or, take a few with you when you go on an outing. Once a homeless person is spotted, you and/or your child may provide the blessing bag to the homeless. The following outlines a list of supplies that may be included in a blessing bag:

  • Bottle of Water
  • Bag of Quarters for Laundry and/or Water
  • Hand Warmers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Baby Wipes
  • Band-Aids
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  • Wash Clothes
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouth Wash
  • Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Comb and/or Brush
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Energy Bars

Help the Elderly and Disabled

The next method that may be used to celebrate “Make a Difference Day” today, tomorrow, and all throughout the year is to encourage children to help the elderly and disabled in their neighborhood and/or community. Many older people and people with physical and mental disabilities live alone in the United States. While many may have children, relatives, and friends that are free to help them, there are millions that are alone. These individuals often need help in shopping, collecting mail, cleaning their homes, lawn care, and taking care of their personal needs. While children are not able to help in many of the tasks, there are several that they may be suited for that will make the older person’s or disabled person’s life much better. Examples include doing laundry, washing dishes, feeding and bathing pets, mowing the grass, and helping in preparing weekly meals. By helping an elderly or disabled person, your child has the opportunity to truly change their life.

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Halloween Baking

Halloween is more than costumes and candy. It brings opportunities to bake and bond with your kids. Cooking provides teachable moments, like measuring ingredients and answering questions, such as "why is butter yellow" and "how can I tell when cupcakes are done".

Even preschoolers can stir things and put cupcake liners in the baking pan!

Here are fun Halloween recipes:

Spiders on Orange Cupcakes

Nothing creeps out adults quite like spiders. Little boys think they are hilarious and girls will just giggle.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ – Cup cake flour
  • 1 – Cup sugar
  • 2 ½ – Teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ – Teaspoon salt
  • 2 – Eggs – separate and beat whites to stiff texture
  • ½ – Cup orange juice
  • 1 – Stick butter – soften
  • 1 – Teaspoon vanilla extract


Cream sugar, vanilla, egg yolks and butter in mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.

Add 1/3 dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Next pour in about 1/3 of the orange juice. Repeat sequence until all dry ingredients and orange juice are mixed thoroughly with creamed ingredients.

Fold in beaten egg whites. Pour batter into paper-lined muffin pan, filling about ½ full. Bake about 15 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 – Tablespoon butter
  • 1 – Cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ – Tablespoon milk
  • ½ – Teaspoon vanilla extract


Place butter in glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. Add 1½ tablespoons milk and stir in balance of ingredients. If necessary add more milk to form glaze consistency.

Drizzle over cooled cupcakes to form a spider web pattern.


Black jelly beans, black string licorice (cut in 2" strips).

Use a black jelly bean for the spider's body. Poke 4 holes on each side of cupcakes with skewer. Fashion legs from licorice and stick in holes.

Tip: Gummy spiders make good alternative.

Spider Cupcakes

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Ellen Show

Every year the Ellen show an episode called Last Minute Costumes. The kids and I love watching it when it comes out and it gives is some fun ideas. Here are some of the shows from 2010 to 2014. What will your kids be this year? Maybe this will give you some ideas.

This episode was totally adorable as kids show off their costumes to Ellen. Some of the costumes include Tyler dressed up as a bed bug, another Tyler, 7 year old playing a miner from Chilis. Isabella was a little political this year and dressed up as the 'Tea Party'. Ellen brings out 7 year old Sara and gives her an iron, turning her from a Chef into the Iron Chef lol.

A group of adorable kids dropped by to collect some candy, and Ellen couldn't resist helping them with their costumes. If you've seen a hilarious Halloween costume, send it to us right here! My Favorite is Money Balls where in the end they roll this little boy away!!

Ellen did a second episode on Oct 31st which was totally adorable. This is a must watch :)
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International Day of the Girl

The International Day of the Girl, which takes place on October 11th of each year, is a direct response to a relatively urgent issue that is currently being experienced in the world; that is, the neglect and the devaluation of girls in the United States and other regions of the world. Annually, girls of all ages come together in highly dynamic groups around the world in order to discuss, celebrate, and improve the lives and opportunities available to girls all over the place. When these girls come together on October 11th, they discuss what really matters to them and their lives. It is an opportunity to educate and inform. On the International Day of the Girl, females gather to discuss the gender issues facing them and work to encourage each other and other groups (for example, boys and adults) to take immediate action to transform the current status quo.

The International Day of the Girl on October 11th is more than just a celebration of a specific day; it is a movement that is designed to result in a positive, life-changing worldwide revolution. This movement is about the progress of girls and what needs to continue to be done in order to achieve gender equality. It is about multiple issues, multiple countries, and multiple ethnic groups coming together for one common cause – to optimize the lives of girls everywhere and to encourage the fair treatment of girls in all countries, across the globe. While highly recognized in the United States and other countries, in the year 2011, the United Nations officially designated October 11th as “International Day of the Girl Child”. The purpose and intent behind this official designation was to help cultivate worldwide enthusiasm to develop goals for girls all around the world so that they could take a leadership role in reaching their maximum potential and help other girls do the same.

The International Day of the Girl was designed to recognize the rights that girls possess and the unique challenges that all girls face in their respective regions. It is not at all uncommon to hear of females facing immense levels of discrimination and extreme violence on a daily basis in several regions. The International Day of the Girl is designed to encourage people to focus their attention on the need to address these devastating issues. In doing so, we all come together to successfully promote the empowerment of girls. In addition to this, we work to place a special emphasis on fulfilling the basic human rights of each girl in the world. Originally led in the years of 2011 and 2012 by the United States’ group known as “School Girls Unite”, today, several groups lead the events on this special day of recognition.

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Parenting - Teach and not Preach

Parenting in Such a Way That You Teach, Not Preach

Your parenting style should be one where you teach your children, not preach to them. This is especially true when it comes to problem solving. According to child behavior specialists, kids are natural problem solvers. There are many settings where your child may interact with others and actively participate in the decision-making process. These settings transform into experiences that will assist your child in being introduced to different types of thinking, will allow them to think in a creative and logical fashion, and take an active role in allowing them to become aware of the world that they are surrounded. Life is full of teachable moments. By helping your child recognize these moments and encouraging them to solve their problems all on their own, your parenting techniques will allow them to grow into emotionally-stable, mature, responsible, and independent adults.

Why Problem Solving Skills are Important

As people, we transition from childhood into adulthood. This process is not only physical. It is a process in which each of us learns many skills and concepts. We also make numerous mistakes throughout our early years and are faced with many challenges. The mistakes and the challenges that are thrown upon us as children allow us to engage in problem solving. When we work through problems as children and teenagers, we acquire the skills that are necessary to succeed in our adult lives. While, as parents, we often want to rescue our children when they experience setbacks, it is best to allow them to work through and solve their own problems. By doing this, they will be better equipped to deal with life as it is handed to them.

Problem Solving Aids in Thought Development and Understanding

As a child develops the ability to deal with various problems, they learn to navigate through the various stages of their lives. Thought development and understanding is developed as they gain perspective. Children will start to learn how their world operates, about others, and will learn the basic mechanics to developing solid relationships. While it is advised to provide guidance, you should never preach at your child or tell them exactly how to handle the problems that they are faced with. Instead, you should simply encourage them to develop their own insights. Even if you KNOW that the way in which they are handling a problem will not work, you should allow them to proceed so that they are able to learn.

Steps for Helping a Child Solve Their Problems

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Human Peace Sign

In an act of celebration Yoko Ono Helped Organize a Giant Human Peace Sign for John Lennon's 75th Birthday

On October 9th John Lennon would have turned 75 years old. Yesterday Yoko Ono celebrated his birthday by attempting to create in New York's Central Park the Worlds Largest Peace sign.

In a world with so much bad things happening it was great to see this. It lifted my heart and the hearts of my family. The best way to combat all the negativity in this world is with 'good'. I may not see a peaceful world in my lifetime, but I hope in my children's lifetime they will. Each life we touch we can all make a difference, one person at a time.

Even the smallest acts of kindness can make the world of difference in someones life. One small act of kindness may spill over to another and another creating a ripple. Over time that ripple may turn into a tidal wave of kindness. Kids look up to us for inspiration and strength.

We are like a mirror to our kids and the kids around them. Lets provide a good reflection and show them how to fight with goodness and kindness and then one day we may reach John Lennon's and  Yoko Ono's dream of World Peace. That is my dream too and the dream I have for my children and children's children.

Human Peace Sign for John Lennon

Yoko Ono


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