Someone said to me recently that I don’t give myself credit but instead point out my faults. I always thought I showed confidence and love to give advice even when not asked for it. So maybe this is why I tell myself I need to change my ways and listen and stop talking once in a while just to digest what the other person is saying. I do hear them but I find I am formulating my answer while they are talking. My cure-all the past few weeks has been my wonderful students from kindergarten-to fifth grade. I show the little ones how to play alphabet bingo and do basic counting all while trying to memorize their names. I don’t have time to talk and when I do, it is to explain in a nice happy voice why we act and behave in a certain way. It is for me being a “Mommy” all over again and I adore the role.
For example the kindergarten students especially the little girls love my jewelry (costume) and colorful tops or sweaters. The boys tell me they love my smiling eyes and I guess they see how happy they make me. First graders find me wonderful as I help them correct their math problems and their writing with punctuation. I put stickers with “nice job” written on it and their smiles just widen. Children are so receptive to direction and instruction if it is given with a pleasant voice and a smile. You can also get better results with discipline if you follow this practice. It sure works for me and it is an asset when I help the fourth grade students that are having problems learning multiplication. These children are not incapable of learning but their family lives are effecting their concentration levels as one family after another is breaking up. I know now how this does hurt our children in their daily lives. Being a single parent of three I didn’t realize at the time (with all the craziness of working full time-maintaining a household) the seriousness of my children learning under duress.
Now more than ever I want to volunteer extra hours and give so many kids that need a grown up in their life that cares about them. I think if I were to win a lottery or power ball, I would definitely adopt and hire loving people that would help our children learn and have clear heads to learn. Children need to be smiling more and having the security knowing there is someone at home that cares and loves them. I am so happy that in my retirement years I have found the joy, patience and love to help the students in my community.
Current Mood: Playful