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What Kind Of Example Is Donald Trump For Our Children??

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The U.S.A is not one of the most civilized nations of the world. We have more violence and gun-related killings than most nations. And now, we have one of our contenders for the highest position in our country, inciting violence and saying that this is just fine in the name of politics! He is giving permission to be violent if you disagree with his followers and those promoting his candidacy.  His dramatic antics and emotional abuse of other contenders are only being reinforced by the electorate, his followers and the media. I am sure most educators have had interesting discussions in their classrooms.

What an example he is setting for our children! All the recent progress that may have been made addressing bullies is lost when we are allowing Donald Trump to bully those who do not agree with him. He speaks with anger, attitude and a tone of voice that riddles decency in and of itself. He raises his fists and shakes them in contempt every time he addresses the American public. Stop him now for the sake of every one of our children who has been subjected to bullying and who wishes to be able to thrive in an emotionally safer environment. Children learn from their adult models and they are learning quickly now that violence and meanness is now back on the table as a choice for behavior towards one another.

Emotional Intelligence is about empathy, kindness, controlling emotions and demonstrating feelings of compassion and understanding in the face of adversity. Do you recognize Donald Trump in any one of these attributes?

I am counting on our media, our leaders, our teachers and our silent majority to step up to the plate and stop him now! It is said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Please let’s learn from lessons of our not so distant ancestors during the World Wars.  One man can change the face of humanity before our very eyes. Let’s not listen or react to the crude and irrevent things that Donald Trump says or does. We need an Emotionally Intelligent leader!


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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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