Please help my kids on the playground when they ask. They are only little for a short time. I want them to learn to trust the world around them.
My kids are still learning, and they have come so far. I want them to have a foundation of security, trust, and connectedness before they face real challenges and disappointment.
I want my children to know how to ask for help, and that people will respond.
I want them to know that really, people care about them and want them to succeed. I don’t want them to think they are in it alone.
I ask you to do this not just for my kids, but for the world. Because if my kids have been shown kindness and compassion, that’s what they will offer too.
So if they ask for a boost, or a push on the swing, I ask you to grant it. Tell them your name and something about yourself. They like meeting new people and learning about their life.
When my kids ask for help, it does not mean that they are not learning. They are always leaarning. It just may be that they are learning something that you cannot see- something different than you want them to. I trust that my kids know what they need. I believe that they understand this more when I, and you, listen to them. Letting them know that they have been heard allows them to know that their words have affect, that they matter. So if my kids ask, I encourage you to help them.
If I am sitting on the bench texting, don’t be annoyed. Know that it may have been a long day, and this is keeping me sane. I will be grateful that for the moment I have a village.
If I stand still as I watch you help my kid, know that I am happy. Not because it gets me out of work, but because you have just given one of my children a great gift; the knowledge that people are good and willing to help.
So please, be nice to my kids at not only the playground, but at the grocery store, doctors office and library. They aren’t little for long, and this is our chance to show them compassion.
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