Fall in Colors. Part 2.

This fall is really magic. We have been to so many interesting places and it’s not even the end yet.

Sophia was invited to a Birthday Party in Nature Center few weeks ago.

The Birthday was different from the ones we have been before. The kids met three real animals ( they even had a chance to pet some), after that we had a wonderful walk in the woods and explore plants and creatures there. After the walk the kids had a healthy delicious lunch with mini sandwiches, fruits and cupcakes.

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I would like to mention New Canaan Nature Center where the birthday party was.

The New Canaan Nature Center (40 acres or 16 hectares) is a botanical garden, arboretum and nature preserve.

The nature center includes wet and dry meadows, two ponds, wet and dry woodlands, dense thickets, an old orchard, and a cattail marsh, as well as a 4,000-square-foot (370 m2)greenhouse.

New Canaan Nature Center features many nature programs throughout the year, including the Fall Fair every October, and maple sugaring celebrations in early spring.

This place is great for making pictures, so me and my friend took our kids to Nature Center to make some pretty fall pictures.

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I even found the picture from the last year by the same tree:

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This place is really amazing because it shows the kids how to enjoy the nature, have fun outside and protect their world.

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Our kids had a lot of fun in the bushes maze.

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It feels like it’s becoming one of our favorite play area so far, and I am glad that our daughter likes and respects the nature.

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Bullying.

A Greenwich High School sophomore who for years was relentlessly bullied by his peers committed suicide after the first day of classes Tuesday.

Bartlomiej “Bart” Palosz, 15, shot himself to death Tuesday night at his family’s home in the Byram section of Greenwich, police said.

First Selectman Peter Tesei said he has been told by people in the community who knew Palosz that bullying might have contributed to his decision to take his own life.

This story happened few miles from us in the neighbor town this week. It makes me sad and cry for this boy and his family.

The boy was bullied for 10 years. Really? Why nobody did anything? Why do our kids bully the other ones?

In my opinion bullying starts in preschool. Where does it come from? First of all from the kids’ parents. Kids hear conversations between adults at homes and start copying them. Do we, parents ever thought what we say in front of our kids, what we teach our own children?

The USA is the country of immigrants and I hear so many jokes from people about it all the time. Do people here ever think their parents, grandparents etc. come from immigrants too?

When I first came to US, I was living in NJ for a few years. Later, I moved to CT and immediately felt the HUGE difference between people from the different states. People of different age can say different things that can hurt somebody very deep and lead it to the bad ending.

Just a little example from our common life. I have been to one meeting recently and one of the guys joked rude about immigrants. These people were over 60, and they behaved like elementary school students. It’s just a little example from the everyday life.

Most of adults don’t care about it, but the kids are sensitive, teenagers are even more sensitive.

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Why don’t the parents, teachers teach their kids about the importance of being nice to the other people?

Do we need tragedies like this to understand and realize the importance of our kids’ lives? Do we want to be the examples of bullying somebody’s kids?

My daughter starts preschool in a week, and the only thing I am worried about is bullying. I know, she is little, and the kids her age don’t do it, but I already think about it. I don’t want her to be anybody’s victim. Should I do homeschooling and keep her safe from bullying in the future? I ask myself this question all the time.

I want her to be happy at school and come back home with a smile on her face.

I would never let her bully the other kids, and will make everything to teach her protect herself from bullying.

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