It is the holiday season, and even though we may honor and celebrate the holidays in different ways, there are common threads; peace on earth, celebration, uniting with friends and family, gift, light in the darkest time of year, a child is born, new beginnings, faith, hope, charity, grace, reflecting and resolution.
The most precious gift that we can give is not bought online or in a store; it is the gift of listening and understanding. We all know children in our families, in our communities, the children we teach and help. How many of us heard this from a child: “You just don’t understand me!” or “Nobody listens to me”.
Would you be willing to take this challenge and write a short note to the children you know asking one simple thing?
Dear (child’s /student’s name),
What do I really need to listen and understand from you?
(Sign your name)
Include in your note a self-addressed stamped envelop that the child/student can mail back their response to you. For those of you, who know that your children/students won’t respond to you, contact me and I’ll give you my address.
Then, we can share here what we have learned. As leaders-global citizens, parents, teachers, it is our responsibility to always be listening and understanding each other, but especially to children.
Happy Holidays and God bless.