Monday, 15 April 2013

Pink Shirt Day

 We missed Pink Shirt Day because of freezing rain, so we're wearing them today instead!  It is a very important day for our family.  It is all about acceptance, peace and standing up against bullying.  Our two little ones have had a bit of a rough go at school this year- which Jonathan talks about here .

Props to any photographer that can get all of us looking in the same direction at the same time.  Jon did an awesome job, it only took about 40 or so frames to get it right.  Sigh.

The kids had a great time making their shirts.  We started with plain white t-shirts and dyed them pink.  Then we convinced Daddy that he should draw on them with permanent marker.  Because my drawing doesn't exactly extend beyond stick figures.  My stepson's shirt is the original one purchased from the school- I didn't quite get the colour right with the little guys but it's pretty close.

We have been doing a lot of talking about what "bullying" means, how and why it happens, and how to help make it stop.  We have been reading a lot of stories about it, and asking the kids how they think and feel about the characters and their situations.  We also ask them what they would do if they saw someone being mistreated.  I love the answers that I am hearing, and I hope that it translates into their every day lives away from home.  When we watch movies or television programs (not often) we continue the dialogue as well.


Because we believe there is  need to recognize bullying behaviours in order to stop them. We have the power to make a difference in someone's life EVERY SINGLE DAY by standing up and speaking out.

The best thing about the Pink Shirts? They haven't taken them off since Friday. As a matter of fact, I have NO IDEA when they will finally surrender them to the laundry! But I wouldn't have it any other way.

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