This the time when children start learning how to form friendships. It starts with all that social emotional coaching that we do. We teach them how to say “can I be your friend? May I play with you?” We also teach them that it’s OK to say no and in turn how to handle that upset.
I hope you guys never get tired of hearing me tell you how precious your kids are. As I listen to them play I know what good little humans surround me .
I hear things all day like “ good night sweetheart.” “You’re my best buddy.” “ We are best friends and can play together.” “OK, you can just breathe.”
Even when conflict appears the situation is handled better then many adults would react.
I think that one of the reasons we are so successful here is that we treat each other as family. As I sat down with the children at lunch today the conversation just blew me away. “ What the… Oh wait, what did you tell us to say instead I forgot ?” That is what happens when we coach children what we would like to see happen instead of put fear in them.
I smiled today and looked at my friends and thought yes – I’m glad these littles are my friends too.