Show your children the goodness in the world by being good and giving back

My son is nine and we like to involve him in our charitable giving. We talk to him about the charities we give to…he cleans out his toys about every 6 months and we give to children in need. Every Christmas we buy toys for kids at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and let him pick them all out. As a 9 year old going on 21 he gets that he has a wonderful life and the importance of giving back. So the 9th anniversary of 9/11 comes and it’s a Saturday, and my husband and son and I are watching the memorials and remembering back to the day when my son was a mere 5 months old and I was questioning why did we just bring a baby into this horrible cruel world. As we watched and talked with our son about it, he had serious questions about good and evil…why anyone would kill themselves…kill other people….why are Mom and Dad crying today…..and his major question…Did any children die? Yes, honey they did, and then he shed some tears.

We didn’t want to take away his innocence…yet most books, movies and TV shows for kids are all about a good guy and a bad guy and on his level we explained this, and on his level he got it! Right then and there I realized the importance of him understanding that there are people that want to harm others and his response “they are stupid” we couldn’t agree with more. As the day progressed little things would come up and we would discuss, but my son was looking for some good in the world (and frankly so was I) and then something magical happened. We had just had our KidSafe Foundation Launch party and at the event we met a gentleman who worked for Capital Guardian – he was not a guest at our party but a patron of the restaurant having a business dinner. When he asked us what was going on tonight and we told him, he said whatever you bring in he will double. We were excited but skeptical – I mean who does that? After the event we shared information, emailed him, and sent him all the appropriate paper work he requested to make this donation.

Yet…some of us (my husband) didn’t believe. That Saturday we received the check and the warmest note about the good work we are doing and I cried. When my son asked why I was crying I was so glad to tell him about the generosity of others, about there being more good in this world than bad, and the way to combat the bad is to always try to be doing good for others because it will come back to you. His answer to me, “Well then we are always going to have good around us because you work hard to keep children safe.” G -d I love that kid. Though this is not our typical blog, we felt such a strong need to share about this wonderful stranger who out of the goodness of his heart wanted to help keep kids safe and was a man of his word. How wonderful to be able to share that with my son. So our thoughts to you today – show your children the goodness in the world by being good and giving back.

Testimonials

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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