Remember the New Kid: A message to parents to share with their kids
By Valli Gideons
Encourage them to seek out the new kid and introduce themselves.
Explain how it is awesome to have a circle of friends but excruciating to be on the outside of it.
When their light shines, teach them that including others in that glow is kind. Leaving others in the shadows…is not.
Don’t exclude anyone from a game at recess. “Includers” become future leaders.
Invite the kid sitting alone at lunch to join you and introduce them to others.
Be grateful if you are lucky enough to have at least one friend in your class. Always offer friendship to someone who isn’t as lucky.
Ganging up on someone is wrong. And if it’s two against one, it really crosses the line.
Walk away from drama; Stand up for others whose voices may be softer; Never be indifferent.
Try to work out the small stuff. Kids make mistakes. Forgive.
Kindness rules. Lead with it.
Teachers will be in charge of teaching math, science, reading, writing, etc.
It is a parent’s job to teach them to be GOOD humans!
Valli Gideons is a military bride who writes about navigating through the fog of raising kids with cochlear implants, military life and other things from the heart. You can read more from her on her blog “My Battle Call” at https://valligideons.wordpress.com/
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