Working with kids and sometimes with very little ones, can be exhausting and test your patience. Imposing classroom management is so important before the kids start learning academically.
So I am learning how to discipline kids with love. That means if I demerit them right away, giving them merit should be immediate as well. When kids finish their activities early, I let them play as a reward. Though these little ones can be very messy when playing with toys, I don’t mind as long they clean up after playing.
There was an instance when “playtime” was over and nobody wanted to tidy up. One little boy who hadn’t even played with the wooden beads, blocks, or other scattered toys, started picking them up and putting them away. He was about three-years-old and knew the proper storage places where every toy belonged. He knew how to organize things at such a young age! Though he wasn’t told to pick up his classmates toys, he did. He quietly sorted the beads, blocks, and zoo animals. His simple act was noticed by his classmates who quickly followed his example and started cleaning up.
As I was reflecting on the little boy’s behavior, I saw that any single act of kindness, whether big or small matters to everything. I remember a few lines from the book that I just recently read. It says, “If anything matters, then everything matters…Every time you forgive, the universe changes; every time you reach out and touch a heart or a life, the world changes; with every kindness and service, seen or unseen, My (God’s) purposes are accomplished and nothing will ever be the same again”.
Choosing kindness all the time might not be so easy to do but a dear friend of mine told me, just let your body do it and your mind will catch up. I think it is a good way of thinking to start programming the mind on choosing the act of kindness. No matter what act of kindness you choose, it will make a difference.