My little children are growing up right in front of my eyes it seems. I usually volunteer Monday, Wednesday,Thursday afternoons returning on Monday afternoon. It is amazing in this short period of time, I sometimes notice these gradual changes in maturity, behavior and listening skills. In one instance, little Charlie in early September was using his shirt as a security or self gratification measure. Each time I saw Charlie I would walk over to him and whisper “don’t eat your shirt’ and he would reply OK. After about a week or so I noticed the wetness being less noticeable and he would smile. I would give the thumbs up and he would smile back. Yesterday, I entered the room with only four days left till Christmas break and Charlie walked over to me showing me his dry shirt. “MsMillie, I did it – I didn’t wet my shirt all weekend or today.” With that said by Charlie I just put my arms out to give him a well deserved hug. He had the biggest smile that could light up a room.
I am convinced that with a little individual attention, our children would feel more secure and less dependent on gratification measures. Is there a way to reach others to lend a helpful hand to our youth? Let me know if you do.
Current Mood: Happy & Surprised