I wrote "What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk About Diversity" to combat bullying.
For nearly 20 years, I have spent countless hours working front line with children who have some kind of difference. These differences include mental health challenges, developmental/learning challenges, changing families, differences in sexual & gender orientation and cultural changes--to name just a few.
I have heard countless heartbreaking accounts of bullying, prejudice and discrimination. My heart has been broken time and time again. Yet, the pain I have experienced listening to these stories dims in comparison to the pain these children and families have experienced.
It has though taken its toll on me--doing this frontline and excruciatingly difficult work.
I made a decision a few years back to reinvigorate myself and my work by stretching beyond my clinical office and university classroom and to dive into creative works. These creative works have allowed me to share my knowledge with an even bigger audience. More importantly, these creative works have allowed me to advocate even more fervently for the changes I believe we need to see in our society.
I dream of an open, caring, nonjudgemental and inclusive society where we help each other rather than fight each other. I dream about a world where we work together to care for our children and the sick, fight poverty and care for our environment. And most importantly, I dream of a society where we all we strive for peace.
I wrote "What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk About Diversity" to help take a step in that direction. I hope that parents and teachers and caregivers read this book (over and over again) to little ones so that they grow up with a respect for diversity, rather than with a fear of it.
I hope and pray that we all learn to #CelebrateDiversity!