Since tomorrow is the US holiday of Thanksgiving, we thought it appropriate to post today our gratitude for all of you. We have 3000 reasons for which to be thankful.
Published in July 2013, the past 17 months have been an amazing experience for all of us affiliated with 'A Different Little Doggy' and we are thankful to all of you who have supported this journey helping to curb bullying by building self-esteem one child, one book at a time.
As of this week, we are very proud to say we delivered our 3000th book. That is an amazing accomplishment for us; one which would not have happened had it not been for the support of so many people across this country and around the world.
Because of your willingness to purchase, to share the message with friends and family, to donate to charitable organizations for fundraising, and to check out 'A Different Little Doggy' from your local library, we are able to help children appreciate their individuality which will hopefully make small corners of the world a little more peaceful in years to come. It is with true sincerity and gratitude today that we say to each of our supporters, "Thank You".
One by one, her 'competitors' gathered around giving her hugs and telling her it was going to be alright. Abby, an adorable 8-yr old participant provided the best encouragement saying in her upbeat, smiley tone "It's OK. It was only a 'little' raw." How cute is that? Her optimism was contagious.
Although the show is technically a competition, you wouldn't know it from the love and respect these kids show each other. They willingly share ingredients, encourage each other, and provide support when another fails. They demonstrate love, care, and compassion making all participants feel like winners.
As viewers, the message is pretty great. It demonstrates for us that children learn what they live. These children have parents who encourage them, so they learn to take chances regardless of the outcome; They have role models who recognize their efforts, not just their achievements, so they compliment their friends efforts; These children live with kindness and friendship as prominent values in their lives, so they demonstrate respect, care, and encouragement for the other children in the competition. There's no bullying; no name calling; no jealousy, etc. They are happy for each other regardless of the situation.
Children learn to love, and learn to hate. They can learn to care for others and have empathy, or they can learn to bully. As their parents, role models, teachers, and mentors, what we teach them is our choice. How great would the world be if we could all be like these Master Chefs?
Who Are We:
A Different Little Doggy is primarily a children's picture book promoting self-esteem, acceptance, tolerance, and friendship to children ages 4-8.