I often watch in amazement at the grace River has shown as her world has tripled, possibly, quadrupled in size with her entry in kindergarten. As an involved parent, I also watch her teacher in amazement. I am in awe that, at the core, her teaching is in kindness and acceptance for what each child may bring, whether it be physically, mentally, or characteristically. And as I watch River play with her Monster High dolls, all varying in stories and different characteristics, I think of the same message: you be you.
For teachers, it’s most important for us to be kind and patient solely for our scholars to feel comfortable being vulnerable. Within the demographic of scholars with whom I work, they are used to people being mean to them and dealing with the constant feeling of being defeated. As an educator, I feel obligated to be kind to my scholars so they know they can come to me about anything and everything. From math and science problems to them needing sneakers because their parents can't afford a new pair. Kindness needs to be at the core."
As we celebrate kindness and kind monsters everywhere with Monster High, I want to hear more about how you teach your children kindness everyday. Are they the little or big acts?
(This post is in partnership with Monster High. Thank you Phenia for your words on kindness. Photography by Julia Elizabeth)