Kindness: It Matters

I believe in the power of kindness. How about you?

Bidding You Aloha but Not Goodbye

Aloha Is More Than a Word. You hear it frequently in Hawaii, but it is so much more than just a word we use. Yes, people use it as a greeting or to say goodbye too, but not when we talk about spreading aloha. Aloha is a way of life many strive to reach. It involves showing kindness, compassion, and empathy to others in big and small ways. It is about showing love and respect. I believe in spreading aloha, and I cannot honestly say that my blogging has been an effective tool for doing so. Finding … READ MORE

Mele Kalikimaka and Hauoli Makahiki Hou

From the land where palm trees sway, I want to share with you my dream for the future, as I wish each of you much peace and joy during the holiday season and throughout the coming year.  I hope and pray 2011 is a year of change, where people make an honest effort to be more open-minded and really try to educate themselves about differences by reading books like Delightfully Different or similar stories that explain autism spectrum and/ or other differences.  Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream and so do I. READ MORE

My Christmas Wish: Sweeter People and More Joy and Understanding

I purposefully avoided posting this past week.  My meeting with the new administrator of the former school was disappointing although I was proud of how I handled myself. I wonder if he can say the same. I lost hope in ever getting through to anyone at the school because this man is known for implementing an empathy program at his former school yet, I did not feel any compassion from him. Still, I know there are good people in this world and my children are safe.  They are both amazing and kind despite the world … READ MORE

How Do You Know? Recognizing and Teaching Kindness via Special-Ism

How do you know anything? Did you know World Kindness Day is November 13, 2012? When did you first recognize an act of kindness? Do you remember?

The Challenge: More than one person has told me that some special needs children and adults do not realize when others are mean to them. Others may recognize someone is mean, but they may believe this is just the way the world is and they are powerless to change it. So how do we convince them that they matter? Can we teach them … READ MORE

Kindness, Compassion, and Support Are What the World Needs Now

November 13, 1012 is World Kindness Day, a day designated to realize the need for more compassion and kindness. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone observed it and really was kind for one full day? Yes, I am a dreamer, but like John Lennon, I am not the only one. I still believe in the goodness of humanity despite evidence to the contrary. I still dream of a kinder world, and that is why I think it is essential that we teach children how to be kind and how to recognize the difference between kindness and … READ MORE

Finding the Village of Support

Mahalo to everyone who participated in today’s Tweet chat #bfvllgesupprt. I hope you’ll help keep the dialogue going. READ MORE

Bringing a Village of Support Together

What village you wonder? I am hoping it will be a very large village. Calling all parents, all teachers, all principals, all school counselors, all employers, and everyone else! Your support matters! It really does. I dream of a day when everyone gets it. Bullying is an emotional cancer. Please don’t say it doesn’t kill like cancer. Obviously it does. Unfortunately, we hear the stories all too often. That is why Amalia Starr and I are co-hosting a Twitter Chat. What’s a Twitter Chat you ask? It is a Twitter party of sorts and you’re invited. READ MORE

Mahalo Nui Loa for Support

I need to focus on gratitude today. I am grateful for any and all who interact on Twitter, who one plus my Google posts, who like and share my posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  I’ll always be grateful to those of you who have reached out over the past two years, especially to those who still do, and to those who reached out to M. too. I’m grateful for new followers. And, I am grateful so many are now speaking out about the need for more kindness, understanding, and acceptance of differences in this … READ MORE

Teaching Kindness vs Gossip Girl Type Series That Teach Meanness

Kids, who appear different, still have much to offer the world if schools teach tolerance of differences instead of turning the other way when children are mean. I started this project after it came to my attention that most of the girl’s book series at the time were actually about girls being mean to be popular. Since then Gossip Girl which is all about girls being mean has been turned into a TV show and now Pretty Little Liars has been too. The least harmful of the books was The Clique books and these were made into a movie. This blog … READ MORE