October, National Bullying Prevention Month
Hello, my dear friends:
I am not becoming an activist, but there are certain issues which I feel strongly about, one of them is bullying. Bullying is the use of force to abuse or intimidate others. It consists of three types of abuse: emotional, verbal, and physical.
For those who do not know me personally, I am not a confrontational person. I simply will walk away or try to keep distance if I don't like a person or situation, but when it comes to bullying, I have zero tolerance. I am no expert in the subject, but I believe the act of not bullying should start at home and very early on. I have seen not only children, but parents too, who are bullies. This makes me very upset.
As the mother of a physically impaired child, I cannot begin to tell you what my son went through in school. Sadly to say, from kindergarten to high school. As parents, we have a moral and social obligation to educate our children not to bully others. Let's teach them everyone is different in the outside, but the same inside. Let's teach them if they do not like a person, there is no need to abuse them emotionally, verbally, or physically.
On the other hand, if your child is the one being bullied, make sure to talk to him/her and visit the school; talk to superiors. For more information visit http://www.pacer.org/bullying/
My son always had to prove himself to his peers and even adults by engaging in conversation to let them know he was much more than what the naked eye could see. Just because he was in a wheelchair, did not mean he was incapable. I always taught my son to focus on the things he could do and not on the things he could not do. He has a great sense of humor and it has always helped him. My love and respect for him are beyond words.
Ingredients: Yield: 4-6 Servings
3 medium potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper to taste
1/3 cup fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking tray with vegetable spray.
Wash potatoes and pat dry with paper towels. Cut into 1/4-inch strips; transfer to baking tray. Add remaining ingredients and toss well with hands. Arrange them in a single layer. Bake for about 14 minutes. Turn potatoes with spatula; bake for another 14 minutes or until golden brown.