10 Ways To Help A Bully

If you could your child in a bubble, would you? It’s something all parents have thought of at one point or another. I think a lot about sitcoms I used to watch as a kid like, The Wonder Years and Family Matters when I think about the obstacles that kids faced and how well the parents always handled the situations.

But in reality, we know that parenting is not as smooth as it’s depicted to be. Honestly, I’m not one of those parents who would put their kids in a bubble. I understand the need for them to go through some hardships.

However, I don’t want them to go through so much that they’ll end up screwed up for the rest of their lives. But there’s something most of us parents don’t think of.

What if the kids who were tormenting others at schools, playgrounds or recreation centers are MY kids? No parent want to find out that their kid is the one one causing others so much pain.

Especially when you were the one being bullied as a child or if it’s happening to your now in adulthood (oh yes, work bullies are out there…different topic for a later blog).

If you google the word “bully”, you’re going to find tons of results about how to help the victim, but not an equal amount of information about the bully. Continue reading “10 Ways To Help A Bully”

A Bracero’s Grandson You Should Know

Alan Malagon was 13 years old when he first visited family members in the US. His visit lasted three weeks with his uncles in Yucaipa, California, where they lived and worked.

His mother, a U.S. citizen who has lived most of her life between Mexico and the U.S already had her eldest child, Wendy living in the U.S. as well as other family members. However, the first of Alan’s family members to have lived and worked in the U.S. was his grandfather, Antonio Malagon.

His grandfather who was born in 1939, came to the U.S. at the age of 20 as a Bracero. The Bracero program allowed for thousands of immigrants to enter the country for field work due to the shortage of labor caused by the U.S.’s participation in World War II.

He worked in various states such as Texas, Washington state, California and just about anywhere from the West Coast to Texas that would offer him a job.

Eventually, Antonio was able to apply for permanent residency and later became a citizen with the help of his employer. During one of his many trips back and forth from the U.S. to Mexico, Antonio met a girl named Maria.

He courted her for a while and eventually they married. They started a family and as the family grew, he continued to travel back and forth to the U.S. for work. Continue reading “A Bracero’s Grandson You Should Know”

Crazy Veteran Grandma With Military Stories

When I become a Gradma, I’m going to tell my kids my crazy stories about my time in the military.

I’ll tell them about the time I raced a Bradley tank in the Mojave Desert and about the time I threw a grenade while in basic training and it landed on my First Sergeant’s foot.

I’ve done a lot of things so far in my life and I’ve got many, many years more to come. By the time I’m a Grandma, more women will have become military veterans, senators, inventors, engineers, CEOs, rail conductors, and much more.

My story might not be as interesting compared to others, but I’ll make sure that I can continue to do very good, significant things in this world that will make it better for people today and for people who have yet to be born.

When I’m out and about, I look around and notice elderly ladies and wonder what their stories are because they’re not just Grandmas…they might have been warriors in famous wars, surgeons, biochemists who helped discover rare substances or mothers to very famous people.

Just think about the recent movie, Hidden Figures. Those ladies were history makers! And none of us, or most of us knew nothing about them.

Well, there’s no reason to go through life not knowing about what people today are doing to impact our world. And this is how you can start – by writing about YOURSELF!

In case you were not aware, March is Women’s History Month and I’ll be honest, I had forgotten all about it until February 28th. Continue reading “Crazy Veteran Grandma With Military Stories”