I love helping children to hear their voice 💙.
Recently, I was sat with a group of children in one of our Worry Wizard schools. We were decorating envelopes with kind messages for their teachers and then packing them full of goodies.
A child who seemed to be Future Leader potential (currently 7 years old), was at the helm, ensuring every teacher, lunch time helper, reception staff, were celebrated 💝. She was not going to let anyone feel left out.
My table companion, also 7, was quiet. Her head was down. Her lip was being chewed.
🧙♀️: “I wonder who you’re decorating your envelope for?”
⭐️: Mrs 🌸.
🧙♀️: “You’re writing such lovely kind things on her envelope.”
🧙♀️: “Do you think she’ll like it?”
🧙♀️: “I wonder if there’s something else you’d like to do?”
⭐️: “(whispering) I wanted to make one for Mrs 🌈 but Future Leader says someone else is so I can’t.”
🧙♀️: “Mrs 🌈 sounds really special to you.”
🧙♀️: “I wonder what you think of these words? ‘Listen inside, what do you hear? Don’t worry if it’s fuzzy, or not very clear…’ I wonder, if you listened inside, what might you hear?”
⭐️: “(exhaled) I’d like to make an envelope for Mrs 🌈.”
🧙♀️: “Wonderful. How do you think Mrs 🌈 will feel to get 2 special envelopes?”
⭐️: “I think she’ll be happy.”
🧙♀️: “I do too. And I’m so excited you listened to your voice. I wonder, if you keep listening, what else you might hear?”
I wonder, if you listen inside, what might you hear? 💭💙.
Go gently, and be kind, Amy✨
Illustration: thank you to the wonderful A Peace of Werk 🥰