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Lessons learned from the learners themselves!

In working with children enrolled in the YMCA Brother/Sister Program, STRIDE and now the students at school, we as educators/advocates/coaches experience a wide variety of emotions, sometimes all in one day.

Over the years, I have learned so much from these kids, and as adults, our needs really aren’t that different from theirs.

πŸ’œ Forgiveness. Watching two children play together minutes after some unkind exchanges reminds me that forgiveness is powerful and is often easier on the heart than holding a grudge.

πŸ’œ Empathy. We have no idea what people go through day to day; this goes for children and adults alike. Giving people grace and patience can be the exact gift they are in need of.

πŸ’œ Honesty. Making mistakes makes us human. Being honest about those mistakes makes us admirable. Own it, move on and try again.

πŸ’œ Kindness. Give the compliment, share the smile, include the stranger. Your words can completely turn a person’s day around.

πŸ’œ Trusting.  Know that you can trust others, and prove that you can be trusted. Keep your promises; keep their secrets.

πŸ’œ Gratefulness. This is not just regarding “things;” it’s people, too. Don’t take people for granted; let them know what they mean to you.

Don’t just hear them; listen. 

In conversations with my own children, I find myself correcting their grammar and reminding them to use their manners. Only when I stopped just hearing them, and really listening, did I realize that I have missed out on many learning opportunities. I was so wrapped up in being the β€œteacher,” that I forgot how important it is to be the student.  An important lesson learned from the learners to themselves. 

One Response to Lessons learned from the learners themselves!

  1. Susan November 2, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

    Beautifully written! And so true!