On Monday morning, I volunteered at my daughter's school to help with reading. When I arrived at the school, I was told to check-in at the office. As I was checking in, which was all done on a computer in the corner of the main office, I heard my daughter's voice. I glanced behind me and saw her speaking to the school secretary. She explained that her friend, who was standing next to her, had hurt herself during recess and needed ice for her cheek.
It wasn't until then that she turned and saw me sitting at the nearby computer. We said hi to each other as the secretary told the girls that ice was available outside with the recess duty. I motioned for her to follow the instructions, so she and her friend dashed out of the office on to their next destination.
In that moment, I couldn't help but be proud of my little girl for a few reasons. I was proud she took the initiative to take her friend to the office and was confident enough to talk to the secretary. But, mostly I was proud that she was being a good friend and that she showed concern and kindness towards one of her classmates.
It is easy for me to overlook the more gentle attributes my daughter displays. I encourage her to do things on her own and for herself, and I know I put too much stock in her becoming independent and strong.
This experience reminded me to reinforce the importance of kindness, thoughtfulness and courtesy to my children. And I'm grateful for my daughter's example because if she can do it, I can do it!