Nick Knitley & The SockKids Will Be At Licensing Show

Nick Knitley & The SockKids Will Be At Licensing Show

Nick Knitley and The SockKids will be attending the 2017 Licensing show in Las Vegas from May 22nd-May 25th. Creator Michael John Sullivan and Marketing and Promotion Director Shelley Larkin will be available to meet interested parties in our animation series. Please email us at michaeljohnsullivan62@gmail.com We look forward to meeting...
Teenager Speaks Out On Cyberbullying

Teenager Speaks Out On Cyberbullying

Teenager Speaks Out On Cyberbullying My name is Jewel Edwards, I’m 17 years old and I am a witness as well as a victim to Cyber Bullying. Like most teenagers, I enjoy the internet. When I hop onto my electronics I emerge myself into the Cyber World. From multiplayer games, to simply texting, or engaging in regular social media activities.This takes up a large portion of my everyday life. Recently, as some of you know, I’ve been quite ill. Some results of my illness included me having multiple seizures, appetite loss, and various other things. What most people don’t know is what happens while on these sites, apps, & so fourth, but I do. Very recently, someone I was dating ended our relationship, and it took a turn for the worst. He started shaming my appearance, and making fun of the small tooth gap I have, which he knows I’m extremely sensitive about. But this was merely a breeze compared to what came next. While him & I were together I had the first seizure of my life, and some of his friends did not believe that I was telling the truth. While in the hospital my mother took a video of my seizing to show my biological father who no longer lives with us. When I was stable, I took that video and sent it to my boyfriend because I trusted him. I wanted him to be able to tell his friends that I wasn’t lying. He promised not to show anyone the video and told me he had deleted it shortly after I sent it to him,...
Names For Stuffed Animals And School Questions

Names For Stuffed Animals And School Questions

Names For Stuffed Animals And School Questions   By Susan Petrone All through elementary school, I was one of three “Susans” in my grade (and one “Suzanne”). We also had five “Johns” and a few “Michaels.” Names are different now. There are Brookes and Jordans (or “Jordyn,” and they’re all girls) and Brandons and Dylans. No Susans. No Johns (or Jons). Name trends are funny things. You can track my daughter’s maturity level by the names she’s given various stuffed animals and dolls throughout her life. The pink blanket she was given as a baby (and still sleeps with) is, appropriately enough, named “Blankie.” One of her pillow pets is named “Purplish Unicorn.” I leave it to your fine powers of deduction to imagine what this pillow pet looks like. As she’s grown older, the names have become a bit more original. The American Girl doll Bitty Baby my sister gave her when she was three is named “Baby Reindeer.” That is, perhaps, my favorite doll name of all time. The uber-adorable pink flowered Webkinz pig is named “Mercy” (after Mercy Watson, from the wonderful book series by Kate DeCamillo). And the big-girl American Girl doll that my other sister gave her is named “Ken-Yan.” I’m not sure where this name came from, but I like it. My kid has what might be termed an old-fashioned name (one that’s now seeing a huge resurgence, which I didn’t see coming when we named her). What can I say? I like to kick it old school. And I’m kind of a nerd. She’s a nerd in training. Case in point: I...
Becoming A Parent In 37 Easy Steps

Becoming A Parent In 37 Easy Steps

Becoming A Parent in 37 Easy Steps By Susan Petrone We always celebrate the anniversary of my daughter’s “Gotcha Day.” That was the day we met–the day we became a family.  The day I became a parent. Most people become parents the old-fashioned way. There are really only two steps . Step 1: Get pregnant. Step  2: Deliver a baby. Yes, there are all sorts of doctors appointments and stuff along the way, but that’s the gist of the process as designed by Mr. Spock. Simple, logical, and straightforward. The process by which I became a parent was designed Rube Goldberg (or maybeM.C. Escher) . It went kind of like this. Step 1: Yay, we want to have a family! Attempt traditional step 1. Step 2: Step 1 does not work. Consider other options. Step 3: Take a bunch of tests to see why Step 1 does not work. Steps 4-7: Attempt various medically induced methods of achieving Step 1. Step 8: Cry a lot. Step 9: Realize that the love in our hearts does not need to be confined to bio-kids. Step 10: Decide to adopt. Step 11: Go to parenting certification classes through county. Step 12: Complete home study with county social worker, who inspects your house and has to ask some very personal questions. Step 13: Wait around for county to match you with a child. Step 14: Get disappointed a few times and wait some more. Step 15: Switch to a private adoption agency. Step 16: Make the decision to go with an international adoption. Step 17: Repeat Step 12. Step  18: Fill out a...
SockKids Being Developed For TV

SockKids Being Developed For TV

SockKids Being Developed For TV The SockKids are proud to announce that Michael Maurer, a Los Angeles-based writer, will be developing the SockKids for television. Maurer, who has extensive experience in writing children’s TV episodes, has been involved with several highly acclaimed series, including Curious George and Barney. Maurer agreed to help develop the SockKids for a TV network pitch. “This is a fun project to work on,” he said. “Socks that talk. What a unique idea. I feel adding to it will make the SockKids an attractive option for a television network.” Maurer has been working with SockKids creator Michael John Sullivan and SockKids’ co-writer, Shelley Larkin. It’s safe to say that Maurer’s imagination is deep and fertile with ideas that take the SockKids to a world where it’s full of surprises, incredible journeys and mysteries only the Socker family can help their humans solve in the quaint town of Millbottom. We are excited about this partnership with Michael Maurer and look forward to sharing with you the exciting possibilities....
Whoosh! Whoosh! The SockKids Are Here! DVD Offer!

Whoosh! Whoosh! The SockKids Are Here! DVD Offer!

Whoosh! Whoosh! The SockKids Are Here! DVD Offer! The SockKids are proud to announce that their first DVD is available to buy on Amazon.com. There is 26 minutes of SockKids fun and adventures. The first video features our highly acclaimed anti-bullying video. There are also stories that teach children about the dangers of electricity and showcases electrical safety rules for children and parents. We hope you take a look!   Director: Phil Russell Writers: Michael John Sullivan, Susan Petrone, Shelley Larkin, and Misty Taggart. Here’s a link to The SockKids...

Winners Chosen In The SockKids’ Book Contest

We want to thank the many people who shared our book link of the new anti-bullying SockKids’ story. In the book, we tell a story for children of all ages about how bullying hurts everyone. We also have some guidelines for parents and children given by licensed therapist and family counselor, Jamie Ross. Children’s advocate, Shelley Larkin, presents a quiz for parents and children to take. Since this is a serious subject, we’ve taken our role in this book with the utmost responsibility. And… winners have been chosen in our contest and two contestants each received 25 books of The SockKids Say NO To Bullying! You can still do your part as well. You, too, can do the same for any school or organization of your choice by buying and sending a book. Simply go to the link, purchase the book, and put in the shipping address of a school or organization. Amazon will deliver it directly. You can also put a note in the gift receipt area. Thank you to those who shared our link! Here’s a link if you wish to purchase the...

Destination Imagination Joins The SockKids To Publish Book

Destination Imagination Joins The SockKids To Publish Book By Destination Imagination Blog – New Anti-Bullying Children’s Book Now Available     We’re excited to announce that you can now purchase a copy of “The SockKids Stand Up Against Bullying,” a children’s book that was developed in partnership with the SockKids. Written by authors Michael J. Sullivan and Shelley Larkin, the book follows Ethan, an elementary school student and Destination Imagination team member, who discovers how bullying hurts everyone and the importance of being courageous enough to speak up. In addition to the story, children’s counselor and licensed therapist, Jamie Ross, gives adults and children guidelines on how to handle bullies. The book also includes a foreword by DI CEO, Dr. Chuck Cadle, and five creative activities for kids. This book is written in a fun and engaging way, and Destination Imagination is honored to have partnered with SockKids on this project. Click here to purchase your copy of “The SockKids Stand Up Against...

A Mother Fights On In Her Daughter’s Memory

A Mother Fights On In Her Daughter’s Memory By Michael John Sullivan It was a February night like no other in the Freeze family household — one that will live in heartbreaking, reflective memory forever. Seventeen year old Payton told her family something terrible was going on at school. There were no indications that 17-year old Payton Freeze was thinking about committing suicide. “She did not disclose the real bullying until the night before her suicide,” said Payton’s Mom, Kim. “She used to say that the kids were mean.” Payton’s Dad, Brent, discovered her body. Kim Freeze had taken previous action in defense of her daughter. “I complained to the school back in November that Payton was stating the kids were being “mean” to her and the counselor stated she would meet every week with her and she did not (say the same thoughts).” It was in the following February when Dad found Payton. “I am doing my best,” Kim said. Kim added: “The police have not closed the case. So we don’t know anything.” Left behind are not only grieving parents but Joshua Hollingsworth, a sister Kayla Berlin and her grandparents James and Kim Berlin and Bob and Lois Freeze. The pictures Kim Freeze shares on the Facebook pages of her daughter and the family are both beautiful and heart wrenching. The Freeze family is doing everything they can to keep their daughter’s memory alive, whether it would be on social media or at the high school where Payton was supposed to graduate this year as a senior. “We have fought to get our daughter remembered in the yearbook and at graduation,” Kim...

Jim West Makes Impact With Anti-Bullying Stance

Jim West Makes Impact With Anti-Bullying Stance By Michael John Sullivan How does a man become a leading bullying expert in a nation overwhelmed with such an important issue? Perhaps it’s the home grown experience. Jim West once said in a previous interview he was the type of child he is trying to help today. “I’m not sure you can say I was a bully,” he said with some hesitation. “But I picked on other kids, because there was domestic violence going on at home with my father.” The SockKids organization met with West in his Orlando offices last week to discuss the many issues facing parents and children today, including the growing harsh problem of bullying. “Unfortunately, it’s taken off to a higher level with cyberbullying,” West said. “Bullying cases have tripled due to the internet, social media, and cyberbullying.” West has spent the last 16 years in reaching out to parents and children with an assortment of issues. The SockKids focused on the issue of bullying since our book will be released this week. “We try to take a proactive, positive approach to the children being bullied,” West said. West’s organization, Total Life Counseling, has camps during the summer in which he and a number of counselors work with children. “We run it for about about three weeks, twenty kids a week, a total of sixty for the summer. We try to encourage those being bullied to respond in a unique way. “For example: One kid said to another basketball player, ‘your three-point shooting sucks.’ I told him to respond this way. ‘Yes, my three-point shooting sucks....