One day, on their walk home from school, when Markedia Nicaule’s daughter, Kiera, was around six years old, Kiera told her mother that a classmate had called her a not so nice name and that she was very upset about it.
Knowing that being bullied could be very detrimental to a child’s mental and physical health which can last throughout adulthood or lead to death, Markedia knew that she had to nip this problem in the bud by instilling in her daughter a level of confidence that could withstand anything anyone said about her contrary to all of the good inside of her.
Markedia’s love for her daughter leads her to write a positive affirmation in the form of a poem entitled, “THE VOICES I HEAR”, to protect Kiera on her journey in a world that is far too often cruel. They recited the poem repeatedly over and over and over again and IT WORKED!!!
The bullying did not hamper her growth and development!!! It no longer had a stronghold over her life and her perception of herself. Kiera would never again be affected by bullying, name-calling, or people’s negative view of who she is. Markedia gave her daughter the power to withstand along with providing her with the ability to love herself and to know who she is. She is not who others say that she is, she is who she says she is and she now can stand firmly in her own truth while loving the individual that smiles back at her in the mirror. Kiera knows exactly who she is and what she wants to do with her life which is to become a beautician to help maintain the self-esteem of others! Today, Kiera is a vibrant 15-year-old freshman, acing honor classes, and sophomore geometry! She is on course to become a licensed cosmetologist upon graduation from high school!
Markedia turned “THE VOICES I HEAR” into a beautiful kid-friendly poster you can place in your child’s bedroom as a social-emotional learning tool you guys can use to remind them of just how really awesome they are.
Don’t delay, start building your child’s self-esteem today because BULLYING IS NEVER OK.
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