I went into the kids’ room a while ago to find my 4 year old M3 crying over a writing assignment.
Me: M3 why are you crying?
M3: I cry when I face challenges.
Me: Huh what challenges ?
M3: This one. My writing challenge.
Me: Oh. So why are you so sad?
M3: Because I am not good at it.
Me: M3, we all start that way, you don’t get any better at doing anything if you don’t practice.
M3: But I want my teacher to put an Excellent stamp on my work.
Me: She will. If you do your best and practice on getting better.
I am so glad I was able to give her a pep talk today because she was able to submit a better work than what she ordinarily submits to school.