This post is inspired by something I overheard at school today (and yes, I did say something to the person who spoke and no, it wasn't one of my kids.... For once.....phew).
I need everyone to do me a favour.
When a kid throws a temper tantrum, or is overly emotional or behaves inappropriately in some way. Don't judge:
~ He/she could be having a bad day
~ He/she could have lost a family member
~ He/she might be going through a divorce
~ He/she might look like a seven, ten or fourteen year old, but actually be several years younger than you assume
~ He /she might be autistic or be on the spectrum
~ He/she might have ADHD
~ He/she might be gifted and have an intelligence to maturity ratio that is way off
~ He/she might have another special need or mental disorder that is not obvious
~ He/she might have any number of reasons for his/her behaviour that I have not listed, BUT
He/she is probably NOT a bad child with terrible parents.
And if you can't help but think it anyway.... Remember, nobody can read your thoughts, but everyone can hear you speak.
I'll hop off my soapbox now...Thanks for listening