Our classroom quest ended with a live horse visiting the campus.
The horses trainer had also been introduced to Free
the Horses. Delivering a talk about trying your best, sticking
with it, thinking bright thoughts, and coping with adversity,
the trainer tied her passion for horses in with the idea of never
giving up until you reach your wildest dreams
Free the Horses also found its way into the homes of
several individual clients. As a marriage and family counselor,
I am always trying to touch the lives of children through lessons
that inspire resiliency, hope, and caring as a way of life. After
a mother and her nine-year-old daughter watched the video segments,
her daughter put the poems, sayings, and philosophy of the program
on her bedroom walls: I can choose the weather inside my
head, The power is in your mind, I can
choose my thinking.
The ideas generated from using Free the Horses in a
creative fashion have expanded into Project COPE (Character Opens
Possibilities Everywhere). The idea behind Project COPE is to
help the whole family cope with adversity and change in the world
today. While the children are helped with self-worth issues,
their parentsthrough parenting programsare fortified
with ideas that can foster strength, hope, and optimism in children.
This two-way approach may lend a hand in making the job of raising
children a little easier as we face ever-increasing changes in
Paul B. Safran, Ph.D., is a marriage and family counselor
in Ventura, CA. Information about Teaching Tolerance can be found
or (334) 956-8200.