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Be Kind, Be Well
Good Morning World!
It is a very exciting day for Tim and myself at B.I.G.!
We are having our first gathering/meeting with a collective few that have expressed their interest in our non-profit B.I.G.
Tim and I are excited to explain what we are, what we are doing, our goals and how people can become involved (example: Trustee Members, Sponsors, Donors and just Friendly Hands to Help Out)
If YOU are interested in learning about what B.I.G. stands for, what programs we have running so far and what you can do to help, please feel free to join us today, Friday April 12th at 12:30pm. We will be meeting in the Vermont Singing Drum Gallery Store at 4 Howard Street.
We look forward to what this meeting will bring us and continue in our goals for B.I.G.
Have a great Friday, and as my 8yr old LOVES to sing while jumping up and down in bed, on every Friday morning before school "It's the weekend, it's the weekend!"
Recently I read this horrifying article about how the number of Kids attempting suicide has doubled since 2007. This fact crushed me completely, not just because I am a parent, but also, because like many of us, unfortunately, I have been exposed to someone who has had thoughts of suicide or have actually committed suicide.
Being a parent, I just want the best for my child. What parent doesn't? But, in this day and age, I think we have put so much pressure on, not just our children to do better than the best, but ourselves to always be the perfect parent in a perfect society. That's an immense amount of pressure for an adult to handle, let alone a child, who is still learning who they are going to be in the world. I think we have forgotten to just be kids. Get dirty, laugh in the rain, dance in the kitchen when everyone is watching, do those dirty dishes tomorrow, finish folding the clothes AFTER you spend that time running around the yard playing hide and go seek. I know we all have responsibilities and goals to be met, but somewhere we lost the moment where we just stop and smell the flowers. Where we listen to ourselves and those around us. We give, without taking and achieve greatness when we are meant to and how we were meant to, accepting everyones greatness will forever be different, but doesn't make it any less than the next.
In the article, it stated there isn't a real clear reason as to why this alarming number of suicide attempts has doubled in the past 12 years, but from a study they have arrived to some theories.
One theory is, as I just spoke of above, the increase pressure to be better than the best in school, with the fear about not being able to make a living in their future. And this is a pressure we feel as parents and adults already feel in our "grown up lives", but now it's flowing right down onto our children.
Another theory is the rise of social media, which in turn has brought on higher reports of cyberbullying, as well as the detachment to 'real life'. Let's be honest, not one of us can say, we haven't gone on the computer or phone today. I included in this statement, as I sit here with my cup of morning tea, writing this. Social media is clearly just as negative as it has become a positive in our society.
Bullying has always existed, as much as we would like to think back when we were kids, and convince ourselves there weren't as many cases and stories of bullying, there was. Now, with social media, bullying has become as easy as a flick of your finger across the screen, announcing it to the whole world to see and feel. We have lost the ability to express and work through our own feelings.
This morning, before we started our breakfast routine shuffle before school, I came out into the living room to see my 8 year old, taking his moment in the morning to play his Singing Drum and I realized, not everyone is as lucky as we are to be able to take this moment when we need it. Playing these drums on a daily basis has helped both of us. Clearing our minds, taking that moment in the day and just growing our bond with one another.
This is one of the many reason why I feel our B.I.G. program, Heart to Hand, is so important. Providing two of these drums in each classroom allows for children to take that moment. Reconnect with themselves, with their peers and create relationships with those they didn't think they could. Maybe the person who you thought was just being a bully because they can, has a story behind them. Being placed into a circle every day with these drums, that bully is given the chance to be heard through the drum, and a chance to let those harmful thoughts and actions to be let go. Or that child who is so unsure about themselves and has been bullied from the person who is playing the other drum across the circle, or just feeling the pressure of life, can be heard too.
We are listening...
Help support our B.I.G. program HEART TO HAND.
Click HERE for the Article I read
Tim and I did our first Heart to Hand demonstration under the B.I.G. non-profit today in one our local schools (happily in my own child's classroom). The kids were so amazing and incredibly receptive to the idea of using the drums every day.
Listening to each child play the drum as they were passed around was breath-taking. Each child is so unique, yet, they all were able to come together in one circle and appreciate one another through these drums. The chaotic feelings and actions they had after their lunch and recess time had disappeared and you could actually watch each one clam their bodies and minds.
Tim and I were so happy they enjoyed it and even more happy to be able to leave these two drums behind in their classroom to be loved and enjoyed daily.
A HUGE thank you to our teachers of the classroom for their support and open minds!
If we are all connected kindly, we will eventually all be okay...
We are excited to announce, as of April 2, 2019, we have been approved for our Non-profit Status through the Vermont Secretary of State!
Tim and myself are beyond excited for our next steps and adventures for our newly formed Vermont Non-Profit! (Please excuse our new website, as we are still working out all of the kinks)
Working hard on our Heart to Hand program to get it launched and start funding to have our dream of 2 Singing Drums in EVERY classroom in EVERY school (Vermont and beyond!) come true!
Little Umbrella: Art Curation is also getting a lot of exposure and excited to be paired up with Main Street Landing to provide them with rotating art work, supporting our local Artists!
Please let us know if you would like to be involved with B.I.G. We have so many options that you can be involved with. Give to our Community- Care for our Future