Stop Buying Your Kids Fidget Spinners!

Stop Buying Your Kids Fidget Spinners!

Unless if your kid actually needs one, stop it.

Teachers are banning fidget spinners, and this is ridiculous. Sure it's true that these fidget toys have been a recent distraction to kids who don't have any need for one, but there are innocent children out there who shouldn't have to deal with you causing them to have their little helper taken away! You're the reason teachers are banning these toys. You're the parent, so stop giving into your child wanting one just because.

Fidget toys are proven to benefit people with ADHD, trichotillimania, anxiety, tics, autism, ADD, and many more disorders. These are the children that need their fidget toy to help them do well in school, but other children are using these spinners as toys that shouldn't be brought to school. Many teachers and other education professionals are doing the only thing they can to do stop this craze: banning the toys. These children need to be told no for once and not get what they want at this time in order for the other children to listen, understand, and excel in both school and life.

I see children playing with these toys walking around the store just playing with them for no reason. I then went to Walmart the next day to buy myself a fidget cube to help me with tics and pulling hairs out obsessively. The first thing I noticed was the cube and spinners were in the toy department, and the next thing I noticed was the fidget spinners were SOLD OUT. Not only that, but the fidget cubes had over half gone as well. The cube has truly amazed me with the remarkable benefits I've received, but I am truly dissatisfied with the response these fidget spinners have had.

I may even receive some backlash saying, "Well there are other fidget toys out there." Sure this might be true, but I used fidget toys as a child and I had my preferences of the toys I used. I hated using the Rubix Cube, but the other toy I had I really enjoyed. I'm sure the simplicity of the fidget spinner has kids hooked for that to be their fidget preference.

So, in the end, stop it. Maybe if you at least keep these toys from your child while they are at school, the innocent lives can have their fidget toy back. Unless if your child needs a fidget toy, please stop.

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The world needs you.

You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

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It takes every ounce

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Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

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Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

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Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

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