Psychology has shown that labels can limit how children see themselves, as well as how other children and adults see them. Every label sends a message that tells kids how to think about themselves. When children are labeled as “bullies,” it may signal to their peers that they are bad kids who should be avoided and it may give adults permission to show scorn. Educator and mom Rene Micka aims to help children understand the consequences of being a bully through her debut children’s book Charlie’s Birthday Wish.
Written from the viewpoint of Charlie, the story’s antagonist, Charlie’s Birthday Wish teaches children to consider how bullies can be misunderstood, remorseful, and even forgiven. It also explores the consequences faced by those who choose to be unkind. The story uses rhyme to open an age-appropriate conversation about unkindness and its implications, not only for the oppressed, but also for the oppressor himself.
In an enlightening and informative interview, Micka can discuss themes related to Charlie’s Birthday Wish including:
- Teaching children that friendships are not a right and must be earned
- The short and long-term consequences of being a bully
- Teaching children ways to be a good friend
- The importance of forgiveness, and how parents, teachers and guardians can act as role models
- And much more!
About Rene Micka
Rene Micka is a parent and an educator who has worked with children of all ages for 15 years. She spends a great deal of time volunteering at her children’s Catholic school, where she runs many of the programs. Character education is a focus of all her efforts in the classroom. As a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, Micka’s experiences have led her to have a greater understanding of the issues affecting children in distressed situations. Although she is no longer teaching, she has made it her mission to see to it that children get the better life they deserve. Charlie’s Birthday Wish is her debut children’s book.
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