There is a boy in Wayne’s kindergarten class who can be disruptive. Sometimes he hits, spits, kicks, and has tantrums, and, on top of it all, some of the kids in his class make fun of him for having a “funny shaped head.” I have never met this boy; any information I have about him is what Wayne has told me. This has opened up the opportunity for a lot of discussion over these first few weeks of school (What do you do when someone behaves in a way that you don’t like? How do you treat someone who doesn’t treat you kindly? etc.).
As you well know, pennies of time are truly all it takes to lift a person’s spirits. It can begin with a well-placed simple greeting and a sincere compliment, and it can become a moment of great distinction for someone who needed an emotional hand.