What can we provide for our students each day? Besides teaching the curriculum, we are the constancy in some of their lives. Many of our students have secure, safe and loving families. Others do not. Children in these circumstances often question their self-worth and exhibit symptoms of anxiety and depression. There is research to show that many of the children who overcome the odds stacked against them, had a significant positive adult in their lives. Those children who demonstrate resiliency in the face of adversity, tragedy or trauma typically had someone in the background providing a window into another way of living or support when all else seemed desolate.
If we truly believe words change worlds, why can’t daily interactions between a child-at-risk and a significant adult impact that child’s life? Lisa Bostock has said, “Positive relationships, at any age in the life span, can help improve poor self-image. People who take an interest, who listen, who care and love people, make others feel better. They bolster self-esteem.”
As you read this, I am sure you are thinking of a child-at-risk. Reach out to that individual tomorrow: say hello, ask about the weekend, show you care, value her presence. After all, “rain and sun are to the flower as praise and encouragement are to the human spirit.” Mario Fernandez.