It is the 50th anniversary of the great I Have a Dream Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Today Show is asking people to put their dreams out there for all to see, so you know if Matt and Al want me to do something, I'm going to do it -- so here it is:
I have a dream that kids are safe.
In order for my dream to come true, we need to make some changes in this country. Here's a short list:
- Every kid needs to be taught this by their parents: You're no better than anyone else, but there's no one better than you. If kids (and adults) really believed this, bullying would stop.
- We must stop the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Parents who are high are terrible parents.
- Responsible adults need to be mentors. Kids need good role models in their lives so they will raise their own responsible adults, and so on and so on and so on.
- Listen to your inner voice and teach your children to do the same. If something seems weird or feels wrong -- investigate, watch more carefully, step up and help. If you suspect child abuse in Texas, report it by calling 1-800-252-5400.
It's not going to happen overnight.
But we can start now.