Our sweet, sensitive little guy spilled his heart out to me at bedtime. He was sad and mad that Ellie and Em didn’t want to play with him today, but played with Violeta and many other girls at recess. Violeta had a hula hoop….so, what kid wouldn’t want to play with her? He talked himself through how sad he was….and then told me when he was walking by himself on the sidewalk and two other kids asked him what happened, he just pouted more and walked away. And then said, but “Mama, I knew Jesus was with me, he’s ALWAYS with me.” He said he didn’t want Violeta to bring that hula hoop to school anymore, because he wants Em and Ellie to play with him. He asked how to tell her not to bring it again, Malachi proceeded to tell him what to say to her in Spanish. Then a few minutes later Elijah says, “you know it did look like lots of fun. I want to play with them too.And girls are kind, maybe she’ll let me play too. How do I ask her to play too?” Malachi told him what to say in Spanish….and gave a mini-language lesson on using vos if it is only one person and ustedes if it is more than one person. My amazing Malachi boy,
The lesson in all this, at first I tried to solve it for him, then I stepped back and just listened and he talked and talked and talked and 15 minutes later he solved the problem all by himself. I have some amazing boys.