My daughter, Tiffany shared this e-mail with me that she received from a mother who wrote to tell her what her son said the night before about a bedtime story.
Wanted to pass along a funny story. Last night we read a book called Henry In Love. It is about a little boy (cat, actually) named Henry, who has a crush on a girl in his class. He thinks she's the "loveliest girl in his class." When we got to that part, Henry said, "Just like KC!"
Tiffany has worked very hard to teach KC good manners. We're very proud of the patient, consistent way that Tif has tried to instill politeness from the time KC was very, very little. KC has written thank you notes from the time she could hold a pencil even though no one could read what she wrote.
The other day, Tif says a child grabbed a toy that KC was playing with at a party. KC tried to explain that she was still playing with it and was not ready to share it just yet. The other child grabbed the toy and ran off laughing. KC was stunned and not a little upset. She was furious, but didn't go into a counter attack.
On the way home, Tif says she tried to explain that life is like that sometimes... that there are other children and adults who won't behave as you would like them to. You have to try to make your feelings known calmly, and then let it go. Tif isn't sure KC got much out of their talk on the long way home because all tuckered out in her car seat, KC fell asleep.
Letting it go is hard. I think even adults have a hard time with it. Imagine how hard it must be for kids.