Elmer and Friendship Friday.
This year Kidscape are using Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, from Anderson Press to highlight Friendship Friday and the start of Anti-Bullying Week.
Elmer is an elephant close to my heart because he was a big favourite of Star’s when she was little. She loved all the books and had (Still has) the soft toys of the loveable, colourful elephant. Elmer is different to all the other elephants because he’s not grey, he’s a patchwork of bright colours. At first he tries to be like the others, but eventually he discovers that being different doesn’t mean that you can’t have friends and fit in.
Star was always different and found it difficult to fit in, so Elmer was a great help to her in her younger years.
The Sock Shop sent me a pair of Elmer Socks which I’m giving to star. They are soft bamboo socks that are skin kind. Star suffers from skin problems so we have to be careful what she wears. We’ve had lots of pairs of bamboo socks from The Sock Shop now, both gifted and bought. As a family we all love them. The Elmer socks come in all sizes from kids to adults and they are all £4.99 a pair. The Sock Shop are offering 10% from the price of every pair of socks sold to Kidscape and their anti-bullying work. Please consider going along an buying a pair or two. You won’t be dissapointed with the socks and you’ll be helping a good cause.
Anti- Bullying Week
My children will be taking part in events at school for anti bullying week. Kidscape offer a school resource pack to help with this.
All three of my children are really happy at school right now, but they have all had problems with bullying in the past. Star was bullied because she is autistic and different from the other children. The school stepped in and helped and now she has a lovely circle of friends, both on the Autistic spectrum and not. She is in her last two years at school and works hard and attends every day, unless she really is sick.
Boo was bullied at school in year 4 by some girls that just took a dislike to her. Her teacher stepped in and helped and by the end of the year Boo was friends with one of the girls, and the others tolerated her. Moving to Secondary School, Boo also has a lovely group of friends and is very happy.
The Little Man’s problem’s were a little more serious. Being autistic himself he found it difficult to deal with his bullies. He was only seven years old and although we’d brought the problem to his teacher her efforts to solve it didn’t work. Cutting a long story short we took him out of the school after his bullies had found him hiding from them under a school table and kicked him repeatedly, injuring his back and head. He was taken to A&E after another incident, which we were told was his own fault as he fell back off his chair resulting in a fractured arm. When the doctor at the hospital examined him he told us of the injuries to his back and we spotted the bruise on his head. It was then we discovered what he was going through at school.
We took him out of the school instantly as they claimed it was The Little Man’s fault for hiding instead of going to the teacher. He is now at a new school and is doing fine. They are more understanding of his special needs and he hasn’t been bullied since he moved there.
We surround ourselves with people who think similarly to ourselves and that understand us and are there for us when we need them. Our friends also expect the same from us and that’s how friendship works.
I always say that I don’t have many friends. But the ones I do have, we can go for ages without seeing each other, then when we do it’s like we’ve never been apart. Over the years, friends come and go, but we always remember the ones who had the biggest impacts on our lives. Friend’s may not always have the same views and opinions as us, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t be our friends.
Do you have lots of friends? Is there someone you’ve not had contact with lately, why not reach out to them today and say “hello, how are you?” Celebrate friendship day by letting those that you care about know that you care. And have a lovely day my friends, those I’ve known for years and those I’ve only just met x
Disclosure: I was sent a pair of Elmer socks but all views and opinions are my own. I was not paid to write this post and it’s written from the heart about something that is really important to me.