Sometimes four-year-olds say things like, “you’re not my friend.”
That is when we teach them to include others.
Sometimes one-year-olds grab toys from their friends.
That is when we teach them to share.
Sometimes ten-year-olds roll their eyes.
That is when we teach them about being respectful.
Sometimes infants cry.
That is when we respond to their needs to teach them that they are safe and loved.
Sometimes three-year-olds scream and kick.
That is when we teach them that kind words communicate better.
Sometimes five-year-olds forget to clean up after art.
That is when we teach them about responsibility.
Sometimes two-year-olds pinch a friend.
That is when we teach them about kindness and apologies.
Sometimes kids do things we wish they wouldn’t.
That is when we teach them.
These moments are not failures; they are opportunities for learning.
We are all growing and learning, even the “grown up” people.
We can only grow if someone gently and kindly helps us to learn.
Sometimes I get to be that someone for a child.
Sometimes I get to learn from someone else.
I am thankful for both opportunities.
Heather DeWit, Director of Childcare and Education Services