If You Have Kids, Share This Video With Them

When I first watched this video, I was sitting here with tears running down my face.  That was two years ago, but it is well worth watching today.

We are all precious, each child is precious, and all they need to know is that someone cares, someone sees the good in them.

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77 Responses to If You Have Kids, Share This Video With Them

  1. adombom says:

    WOW, so powerful.

    Liked by 9 people

  2. GumboPot says:

    Need to stop cutting onions in here.

    Liked by 14 people

  3. The Boss says:

    This, plus the pledge of allegiance, must be required in all schools. It doesn’t take a village. It never will.

    Liked by 20 people

    • Will Janoschka says:

      “This, plus the pledge of allegiance, must be required in all schools. It doesn’t take a village. It never will.”
      That pledge uses the word ‘flag’ not meaning some physical object but as a symbol of the united citizens of America, against (in opposition to) flags of ISIL, BLM, AntiFA. We must pledge to defeat\obliterate the invaders.
      Parents if they ‘love’ their children must make part of that love ‘teaching those same offsprouts honor, work ethic, and discipline! Any that leave that to the Marxist public education system including higher education; are but supporting the same enemy invaders.

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  4. kinthenorthwest says:

    WOW!!! thank you so much for sharing..
    I do believe my eyes have rain in them. 😦

    Liked by 10 people

  5. ditzee58 says:

    This video is heartbreaking and really hits home.

    Liked by 6 people

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  7. somaspecialist says:

    Good video…didn’t cry though

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Mustang4176 says:

    Powerful…..thx Stella 🙂

    Liked by 5 people

  9. KittyKat says:

    It made me weep.

    Liked by 6 people

  10. snailmailtrucker says:

    Awesome Video and Message !

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Lunatic Fringe, Phd. [undocumented] says:

    You need to put an allergy warning on this.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 4 people

  12. Landslide says:

    Wow. Just SOpowerful. THIS is the best kind of school assembly that Betsy DeVoss can recommend to all school districts!

    Liked by 15 people

  13. Katherine McCoun says:

    Deep crying here. I miss my Mom every day. No one loves you like your momma and if you didn’t have that imperfect but wonderful love I am very sorry. My Mom was far from perfect but she gave me what she had, her best, and loved me deeply. I so wish I could pick up the phone and call her right now or sit beside her for a hug or just talk to her.

    One of the times I miss her the most is on my bday as she always called, always made me feel special and as if that day was super special to her too. My bday has literally been forgotten by my husband and my son was too young to know the difference. That was a very lonely day! (my husband is very good to me but just doesn’t think of things like that and is not very expressive. since then he has put it in his calendar and now usually remembers to wish me happiness but he is good to me every day. I know this but I miss my Mom’s attention!)

    I miss her during the holidays, on her bday, on the anniversary of her death, on Mother’s Day, on my sister’s bday, on my son’s bday, on sunny days outside when its so pretty, when I cook something special, when something nice happens to me and I want to share it, Every day. Just yesterday, for a split second, I thought to call her and tell her… Oh, yeah, no can do. Such a hole that will never be filled by another human! And she was not perfect to me nor did she give me a perfect childhood. But, boy did she try hard to give me what she had to give!

    If she was still with us, she would bug me and get on my nerves — that is reality! 🙂 She would do crazy things and would Always be on her cell phone. When she passed, in a matter of days, she went from normal Mom that I loved despite her faults to a wonderful lady whose faults I couldn’t hardly remember unless I really try and even then they didn’t seem like such a big deal.

    I wish I was then who am now with today’s perspective so that I could tell her more all that I appreciate about her, all I admire and all that I love, more than I expressed when she was living. I am a detailed, fact oriented, task focused type of person who isn’t very touchy feely and emotional (thankfully, I have easily gotten in touch with that side of myself when relating to my son). She was the opposite of me in that way. I wish understood myself and her better then so I wouldn’t have been such a harsh critic and would have been more expressive, accepting of differences and loving v. so matter of fact, judgemental and uncomfortable with deep emotions. I wish I had been more accepting of her during her life and softer. I am so grateful for all the love and respect I did express but its not enough after they are gone. I didn’t realize how much I valued her companionship and her listening ear until I had to deal with its missing hole in my life.

    If you have watched the video and still have your Mom with you, call her, hug her, value her for what good she has given and can give. Please. And be that Mom or Dad for your children.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Katherine so beautifully said!

      Liked by 7 people

    • winky says:

      Yes your post made me teary thinking of my mom. I took care of my mom the last several years of her life and she had a long life. My mom’s dementia was hard to watch those last few years of her 92 years. Now that she is gone I remember her goodness and kindness and the funny little person she was…..she had a cute little Italian accent and she was hilarious and oh so cute . She made everyone laugh because she had the cutest personality. I tried to tell her all those things and how grateful I was to have a mom like her. I always told her that but I hope she heard me at the end.

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        She knew. Moms always hear with their hearts. I am sure she could feel it in her spirit. I had the privilege of taking care of my Mom at the end of her life too. So grateful for that opportunity despite how hard it was!

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        • winky says:

          Yes I know…..I was always able to talk to my mom but those last several years were hard because I missed not being able to talk to her like I aways did….so I guess I could say that I missed my mom the last several years even though she was alive.

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          • Deb says:

            What a blessing you were able to take care of her and give her love every day. So many simply don’t have the means to be at home as they have to work, or their loved ones medical needs are too great. My grandfather passed away in a nursing home after several years dealing with Alzheimers. None of his children were retired at the time and they all worked, and my grandmother wasn’t able bodied either. I wish I could have cared for him at home those last few years. He spent so much time alone.

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    • Corticram says:

      Even though I had a great relationship with my Nana and Mother-in law, I regret not telling them how much I loved and appreciated them. My son always thanks me for being a great mom, so I’m glad he will not have these regrets.

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    • CiscoKid says:

      Katherine,
      I’m over 60 years and there are still days that I wish my Mom was here to give me advice.
      She always did know what was best for me.
      Always.

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    • Lost my mom in March. You said what was in my heart.

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    • fuzzi says:

      Thank you, Katherine. You made me bawl more than the video did.

      My Mom was my best friend for years, but has been gone over 20 years. I still miss her.

      I have a distant/estranged daughter. I hope she comes to her senses before I’m gone.

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    • LBB says:

      Very moving between the video and your comment. Why is it that we forget most of a loved one’s flaws when they pass, but they grate on us when they are alive? Working harder on that one.
      I was lucky to have my Mom for a week a few weeks ago and will get to see her again at the end of the month. She is old enough with enough health issues that I never know how many more “in person” visits we will get. Not taking for granted, and I hope the good Lord blesses her with more quality years.
      We got to have the conversation you write about. My mom’s concern that she could of done better. I told her as parents we do the best we can. That during her young years there wasn’t the resources we have today with videos, internet, etc to find more help. How her & Dad learned from their parents and applied that the best they knew how. So I told her despite what could have been better, or what they couldn’t provide , the one thing I always knew is how much they loved me and I always felt safe.

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    • wvgrandma says:

      Katherine, you are so right. My mom went to Heaven ten years ago and I miss her so much. She was my very best friend and the best Grandma ever. What I wouldn’t give to give her one more hug. Hugs to you. ❤

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  14. Beenthere says:

    If you the video gives you teary eyes then you need to watch this too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K95XgPpZkxs

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  15. EbonyRapror says:

    Well if that doesn’t pull your heart strings you’re either missing the strings, the heart, or both.

    When your heart feels like it’s in your throat, it’s reaching p to God.

    Liked by 5 people

  16. Minnie says:

    Done!

    Thank you so much ❤️

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Eskyman says:

    Thank you Stella.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Thank you Stella…That is why we ALL need to nurture everyone around us. Including our spouses. There are a number sayings about love and what it means but I am going to share something that I learned one morning at 3:00 A.M. I was taking care of my late wife for all of her needs, including the personals. And on this particular morning I was picking her up…She said in the clearest and sweetest voice: “I love you”. I never heard her voice again and I am sitting here with tears because of WHAT she taught me as she was dyeing and what it means. So Love all you can, don’t be afraid to say it and mean it…it is a gift that you give to someone else.

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  18. Tonawanda says:

    Please, please no one take this the wrong way, there is NO negativity intended or implied:

    There are many people around us who have had no loving parents, mother or father or both.

    There are many people around us who have had just the opposite, various means of abuse, neglect, and abandonment.

    It is ok to talk about the loss of a beloved, but not ok to talk about suffering inflicted.

    Childhood stuff never goes away, it was so deeply felt, at a time of utmost vulnerability.

    There is no point to what I am saying. It just occurs to me on these occasions.

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    • unconqueredone says:

      Tonawanda, there certainly is a point to what you said. You cannot change an adult person’s childhood, but as adults we can make a difference for a child who has no one and is suffering. Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me”. They weren’t His, but he cared about them just the same, and we ought to follow His example.

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    • Deb says:

      I understand what you are saying. I am a child of divorce, and while there was no serious abuse, it can affect your relationships. But I was fortunate to have a great grandmother who loved me the way this man’s mother loved him. Often when our bonds with our parents are broken, others will step up to fill the void. And we can always turn to our Heavenly Father, he is always waiting to heal the hurt and fill the emptiness with His love if we but ask Him to.

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    • Dr T says:

      Many people have to let go of the fantasy of a wonderful childhood and wonderful parents in order to survive. That doesn’t mean we don’t take care of them in the end if we feel it’s a pathway to our healing but there are some very bad situations that many abused children have had to endure and live with those memories for the rest of their lives. Nice video but he’s an actor type who’s in it for his own self aggrandizement. That’s how I saw it . Maybe it touches some good hearts out there but it did nothing for me. I felt he was phony and a bad son using his mothers memory some more. God forgive him.

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      • stella says:

        I’m sure his mother wouldn’t feel that way. I wouldn’t.

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      • Lucille says:

        Dr T, it’s the impact upon the teenagers, isn’t it, that’s the most important. Marc’s story was told dramatically because drama is effective. It sounds practiced because it is. Does it follow, though, that a seasoned and dramatic presentation is automatically phony at its core, or is it a tool to get through to those in a difficult age bracket?

        As adults we may be skeptical of motives and rightly so in a lot of cases. But if only one child out of that group takes a good look at what he’s doing with his life and the wrong path he has begun to take and the words of advise hit him BECAUSE of the drama, then it is worth it.

        We humans are different, of course, in our perceptions. It’d be a pretty boring world if we were all the same. My wager is, however, that this man believes he’s honoring his mother by telling their story, drama and all. And I say, “Good on him!”

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    • LBB says:

      Towanda, I feel maybe there are some people who probably shouldn’t be parents as I have seen some examples of what you describe. It is not always that easy to pull these neglected, abused, abandoned children from their homes within the law. Plus the cycle of that child possibly repeating the mistakes because of this upbringing.

      We need more mentors, intervenors who maybe can show an alternative path while these children are still young enough. We are going to have to do a better job vetting them though too

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  19. Gary says:

    No it doesn’t take a village, but a functional village does provide a useful environment for parents work in.

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  20. America First says:

    Unfortunately, sometimes we have to hit rock bottom before we can hear God. I had a mother a lot like his. She died from cancer, but it wasn’t until 10 years after that I finally started to wake up. I remember finding a pregnant mother’s diary book where she had been logging everything about her pregnancy and was trying to pick a name for me, and that just broke me down. How much she loved me and looked forward to my arrival, and how much I rejected and disappointed her. My father was still alive, and I couldn’t fix what I’d done to my mother. But at least I wasn’t going to let my father die with me in that condition. Sometimes you have to get to the top of fool’s hill before you can start coming down. Parents need to remember this when dealing with a difficult child too. There’s no doubt the strong Christian background my mother raised me in paid off later.

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  21. unconqueredone says:

    Just texted my mom to say thanks for being a rock. Each time I am critical of my children’s lack of gratitude a little voice reminds me that I wasn’t necessarily much better, if at all.

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  22. TeaforAll says:

    Stella

    What a beautiful video. There is not a day that goes by, that I do not miss My Mother,she was my best friend, I am so grateful to been blessed to have her as my Mother. My Mother held me on the day I was born. and I took care of her when she was dying of Cancer, and held her as she took her last breath. I just wish I could see her one more time.

    Tea

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  23. TeaforAll says:

    To those of you that have lost your Mother , this song brings me comfort when I need it
    Tea

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  24. NJF says:

    Beautiful video Stella. This guy could have been my brother.

    These relationships are often very difficult for some.

    Although both of my parents are gone, and I know I didn’t always show my gratitude for all they gave me, I have been given the chance to do better with my own kids.

    If, as some have expressed here don’t have a good relationship with your parents, there is always opportunity to forge that bond with others. A brother, sister, aunt or even a friend.

    Thank you Stella for posting.

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  25. daizeez says:

    Great video for kids and adults too. I wasn’t a kid who took drugs or drank, but I slammed more than a few doors closed. And I never gave that much of a thought until viewing this video 45 years later. Wow, very moving. Thanks for posting.

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  26. ScarletTanager says:

    Sent it to my daughters. Beautiful!

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  27. free73735 says:

    Wow! Thank you Stella…

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  28. holly100 says:

    I’ve seen this guy in person. Very powerful. When he was done with his presentation the audience of around 500 high school students filed out of the auditorium in total silence. Appreciate this post Stella.

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  29. Southern Son says:

    Gotta clean my glasses again.
    Or screen. Blurry.

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  30. treehouseron says:

    The speaker is Marc Mero, a famous pro wrestler from the 80’s and 90’s. He was never the ‘top’ guy, he was always kind of a mid card wrestler, some of the other wrestlers even used to bully the guy. Back then almost every wrestler including Mero was constantly drunk or high or both.

    Since he quit wrestling, he’s made a name for himself as truly one of the good guys in the wrestling world, and has left behind all the negative vices he had back in the day. Nobody has a bad word to say about him any longer, and as you can see he’s a very, very powerful speaker.

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  31. well.
    i must say we ALL HAVE SOME REGRETS IN HOW WE DIDN’T ALWAYS RESPOND- THE RIGHT WAY TO OUR PARENTS.
    MINE ARE GONE NOW SO I CAN NEVER MAKE THAT PART UP TO THEM.
    MAYBE IN THE NEXT LIFE.
    AMEN

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