A Letter to My Kids

Today we were informed that another young person at a school nearby lost their life to suicide.

I again find myself feeling at a loss as to how to equip my own children with the life skills needed so they won’t feel so lost.

I have composed a letter to them:

Dear Hayley and Jamie,

Today I would like to tell you beyond anything else that you are loved.

When you feel like you are lost, Dad and I are always there for you. Come and talk to us. We will always be there to help you. Dad always says a problem shared is a problem halved.

If you cannot talk to us, then find someone you can talk to – a friend, a neighbor, a family member. Seek out someone who will listen. Never, ever be afraid to say “I am not OK.”

If you feel bullied or someone is making your life difficult, come and talk to us. Know that you will always be safe in your home. We won’t judge. We will always be there to find a solution

Remember that as long as you are happy in life, that is all that matters. Do not put so much pressure on yourself to achieve so that it causes you unhappiness and stress. We are so proud of the people you are. Do your best – that is all that matters.

I never want either of you to feel so lost that you have nowhere to go. Always remember how loved you are and that together we can try to solve any problem you have.

Love always,

Laurainne Marshall (AKA Lo) lives in Sydney, Australia with her 2 kids, Hayley and Jamie, and her soul mate of over 30 years, Graham. Their furbaby is a beautiful Groodle  named Jarrah.
Laurainne has many roles - Wife, Mother, Teacher and Musician. She believes that life is to be lived at full throttle and is deeply spiritual. Her motto is “Grab life and run.” She also believes one person can make a difference in this world and hopes that by sharing her life experiences, she might inspire a few people along the way.
When she is not teaching through the week, you can find Lo belting out 80s hits in her band Soundproofed. You can follow the band on Facebook.

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