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Sad Day for Decent People and Children Everywhere

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What are our children to think, feel and experience with what they are seeing and hearing on TV and the Internet not only in the last 12 months but also in the past few days? The majority may be confused, worried, scared and astonished that an adult running for the president of the United States has actions and behaviors that go against everything they hear and are taught by the adults in their immediate world. Some live in a dangerous and angry environment and hear similar things but they too know and feel intuitively that it doesn’t resonate with their small beings. There is no justifying it, explaining it or excusing it.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump is a reflection of parts of all of us. The fact that this has been allowed to take place demonstrates the collective consciousness of the American people and the lack of moral tenure in our communal environment. It represents the complacency of the majority and how lazy we have become in monitoring what is really happening at a deeper level. Or perhaps we’ve been in denial for it serves our busy lives and our focus on material and superfluous ventures that seem to mark our value.

If we allow history to teach us and to warn us then we have been alerted and warned. This behavior by Donald Trump is not any less demonstrative or manipulative than harmful past leaders both in the free and not free world. Our schools teach this history to our children. They learn what happens with a leader who denigrates decency and the moral fiber of its people.

His demonstration of the lack of compassion and empathy for those who have served him and crossed his path is in of itself a marker of the kind of human being he is with the emphasis on being and hopefully not human.   Whatever we have taught our children becomes hypocritical, and we have lied to them about what we believe is truly important to live an honorable, productive and generous life.

My heart does ache for our confused, scared and vulnerable children. Their future lies in our hands and what we decide to do as a nation. This has been a dark time and day in our American history. Hopefully, we will learn a very important lesson from what is taking place right now before it is too late for those we love and hold so dear, for those beautiful children of our future. Let them be our shining light today and our determination to rededicate our country to what is decent and true about each and every one of us.



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Karen Stone has over 35 years experience in education from preschool-college. She has a BA in Special Ed and MA in Learning Disabilities. Not only a professional in the field but also a parent of a child with significant disabilities. Her business experience includes 5 years as manager of an after-school tutoring program in 9 counties of NJ. She is currently the CEO of SoftStone Products, Inc. Karen has written children’s Emotional Intelligence programs (Pre-school-HS) research-based and piloted. This program is complete with classroom curriculums and parent guides. Karen writes an anti-bullying blog with now over 100,000 followers. She is currently giving in-service workshops in school districts receiving many positive comments. She is also a motivational speaker and author of a children's book and CD. Her passion and life’s work is helping to create emotionally safe environments in school and at home so that each child has the opportunity to reach his/her unique potential. She lost her beautiful son to Melanoma a year ago and has been able to sustain his passing thanks to her ability to maintain an emotionally safe internal dialogue. Currently, working to create a grief support group teaching these important life sustaining skills..

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    Margie Meacham Wednesday, 12 October 2016

    Thank you for speaking out on your concerns for the impact this election is having on our children, Karen. You post reminded me that much of the language being used in this race appears to be coming right out of our "lizard brain," the ancient part of our brain that is ruled by drives and threats, rather than empathy or logic. By speaking to that part of us, candidates hijack a mechanism that is supposed to be triggered only to keep us alive in dangerous situations and makes hard for us to make a good decision about the future of our country. If you're busy hating the other side as a "pigs," "criminals," or any other slur that we've seen in this race, you'll never make a rational decision. You can learn more about the lizard brain on my blog, if you're interested: http://stfi.re/bewkopv

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