Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lesson of the Day: Be Kind.

"I'm feeling really angry right now," piped up a little voice from my backseat out of nowhere.
So thankful for this big brother.

"Really, what's wrong Corbin?"

"I'm thinking about something that happened at school today."

"What happened?"

"We were sitting at lunch today and 'T' was making a lot of loud noises and a kid at my table called 'T' a 'weirdo'."

"Oh, I'm sorry, that was not nice of him to say."

"I was so angry.  I balled my fists up under the table so he couldn't see and I told him, 'You know T is just like my brother, right?  They both have autism.'"

"I'm very proud of you Corbin for using your words instead of your hands.  Hitting is not okay.  Kids like that usually just don't know better and need to be educated."

"I just felt so angry Mom and now I just want to cry."

My blog seems to have a theme these last few posts.  It all boils down to this: 

Be kind to one another.

Teach your child about differences and how they can still be a friend to someone in a wheelchair, with autism, with down syndrome, etc., etc.

Teach your children that name-calling and bullying hurt people.

Teach acceptance.

Teach love.


Steph Curtis said...

You are doing a great job of the teaching by the sounds of it. I'm at the stage where I need to decide whether to educate the 5-6 year olds in my girls' class myself or send a letter home to all the parents... any advice?!

Heather St. Clair said...

I like the letter home to parents but I have a hard time keeping myself to short and concise! I think it needs to offer enough advice to be clear but not too much so they don't even bother to read it. I've thought about doing an in-class discussion but haven't ever done one yet.

Steph Curtis said...

Thanks. V good reminder about being concise, will do.