15 Jul National Be Somebody Day!
Blog by Debbie Abreu, Kentucky Youth Advocates
When my son was two years old, I was questioning my parenting skills. My daughter, who is three years older than my son, had a calm demeanor, played quietly with her toys, and helped me take care of her little brother who she affectionately called “our boy”. Her brother, on the other hand, made loud noises, found things to climb on, and ran everywhere.
My life changed one day when I went to Walgreens. We walked towards the entrance and the automatic doors opened, which was obviously a clear invitation for my son to bolt into the store ahead of me. My son was halfway down the aisle by the time I entered the store. Right inside the entrance there was an older woman who looked at my son and then back at me. I was bracing myself for a “why can’t you control your son” comment. Instead, this woman smiled warmly at me with a twinkle in her eye and said, “He’s all boy, isn’t he?” My mouth dropped open as I replied, “Is that what it is?”
In just a few seconds this woman spoke encouraging words that were calm on a tired mama’s nerves and I walked out of the store with a little more confidence. I have repeated this story many times over the years to other parents as we reflected on the differences between our children.
I will forever be grateful to a kind stranger, who took a moment to look around and notice me.
On July 21st, National Be Someone Day challenges everyone to take ten seconds to make a difference in a child’s life and encourages everyone to commit to reporting child abuse. This day was founded by Project Harmony to not only end child abuse but to “bring communities together through education and awareness.”
What can you do in ten seconds? Whether it is speaking words of encouragement or comfort, telling a joke, letting someone cut in line, or saying a prayer, there are countless things you can do to make a difference.
Be someone who changes a child’s life for the good.
Take the Project Be Someone Pledge on July 21st to report child abuse. Project Be Someone outlines five steps that should be taken to help end child abuse and to be someone in your community that children can confide in: learn the facts, minimize opportunity, talk about it, know the signs, and act responsibly.
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