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International Tweens - First edition 2018

Real stories for multicultural kids to read, love and share.

The family has a sweet

The family has a sweet little kitten that Rodrigo’s father used to adore. She is now a proper adult-sized cat and is no longer timid. Would his father be happy to see how beautiful the kitten had become? Of course he would. Since that spring day three years ago, with his father now living in his heart, Rodrigo has also grown to be more confident. “My mom told me that I’m still young, so there’s only one way to go – up. Nowhere else but up!” Rodrigo continues to talk about how he struggled with depression for a while and then slowly, things started to change for him. He decided that between his two options, depression or moving forward, it was obvious that depression wasn’t going to be the best choice. As the author, Marty Rubin wrote in his book Boiled Frog Syndrome: “Morning will come; it has no choice.” Rodrigo decided that no matter how sad or defeated he feels, things will get better when he doesn’t give. So he moves on. He decided that between his two options, depression or moving forward, it was obvious that depression wasn’t going to be the best choice. 8

INTERNATIONAL Tweens “I try to remember that I’m not the only one who has experienced the loss of a father.” At first, Rodrigo didn’t want to tell anyone in school about it. It was after two or three months that he started sharing his feelings to people in his class, and everyone did everything they could to support him. It really helped him to know that he didn’t have to go through it alone. Like any healthy human being, the days can be up or down for Rodrigo. When he has negative thoughts, he finds something to distract himself, something that will cheer him up. “... a video game, a chat with friends, a funny movie, football and everything that turns me away from negative thoughts.” He continues, ”I hate dwelling on negative thoughts. I would go deep in positive thoughts, like good and fun memories.” What happens when someone says something negative to Rodrigo? “Sometimes people think that speaking their minds is being honest,” he explains, “negativity is different from honesty. Well, when you say the honest thing there is a true fact, but it won’t make anyone feel bad. People can say things in the name of honesty but care nothing about how their words hurt others.” He gives a few examples: Negative comment: Now you have to live your life without a dad. Poor you! Honest and kind: I heard your dad passed away and I am sorry. I hope things get better.