Educator and mom Rene Micka has and, through her debut children’s book Charlie’s Birthday Wish, she aims to help children understand the consequences of being a bully.
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!