We both expressed relief that the second practice was much more organized than the first had been. I confessed that if this night’s practice hadn’t gone more smoothly, I was most likely going to pull my child from the team. My Bear needs structure and even with it, he still has a hard time. Soccer time is not always the easiest for our family, much as he tells us he wants to play. The perks of having PDD-NOS and ADHD. Or you know, of being a six year-old.
The other mom said, “He’s really doing so great this year!”
One little sentence.
And my trying to keep my eyes on three kids at once, totally exhausted, been working all day with lots more to do once before I could sleep, always worried about my kids and especially about my child who often stands out as being a little different mama heart sang. And I breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Having someone notice something good and mention it really meant so much.
And yet, took so little from her.
How many mamas around us could use a word of encouragement? All of us, I think.
Maybe there’s a mom out there like me, who has a child with special needs.
Or maybe there’s a mom who has a sick child.
Or a mom who is going this parenting thing alone.
Or a mom who is just having one of those days.
A mom who feels like if she hears one more negative thing, she might burst into tears. And yes, even if she looks totally put together on the outside: we never know someone else’s struggles.
What if you notice something positive about her or her kids and mention it to her?
Her child who was so patient during the wait in the grocery store line.
What a gorgeous smile her child has.
How much you love the mom’s flip flops.
Something positive, any little thing.
Try it. That is my challenge to you. Sometime during the next week, find an opportunity to say something kind to another mom(or dad or anyone, really- we can all use a little kindness). And because the former teacher in me can’t quite die, I’m going to ask you about your “homework” on my facebook page next week.
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