I’m trying to send my children off to school with prayers of encouragement, and words of advice. Who knows what they remember during the day, but surely at some point the things I say will come back to them? (please, please, please…)
Today I was encouraging my sweet Julia to look for one good thing about her teacher. Personally, I can find many good things about her teacher, what a sweet lady. But sometimes kids just come home with the negative…like all the stories about the one mean little girl, when I then ask, “Aren’t there any nice little girls we can talk about?” and they respond, “Yes, there’s this one, that one,” and so on and proceed to list 6 other girls who are super sweet. It’s all too easy for us to focus on the downers, right? And then forget all about the wonderful things going on.
Julia’s assignment today is to come home with one good thing about her teacher, specific to today. And she was instructed not to tell me about the shoes she wore, or her cute dress (because I know my girls)…it must be something meaningful. I want her little heart to begin to turn towards seeing the good things for which we can be thankful, and less focused on the negative.
And just to be clear, I need this advice too.