As I collected Mac from school yesterday one of his classmates came up to me.
“You know, Mac is a VERY good friend to me”, he told me.
I smiled . “He tells me you are an AWESOME friend to him, you guys are lucky to be in the same class.”
What is most amazing is that this young boy is the same boy who, in week one of Kindergarten last year, proclaimed he “didn’t want to sit near the stinky baby!”
This boy had just repeated Kindy and I knew he was feeling a bit out of sorts, so I made sure I always put Mac (aka stinky baby) on the other side of the group to him.
Because the class was 50% of Mac’s peers from pre-school and daycare noone else would succumb to the ‘stinky baby’ line – Mac was their friend. It only took a few weeks and he was interacting and enjoying Mac’s company – courtesy of some fine modeling by his classmates.
I never worried about it at the time – because someone told me a long time ago that…
“often your greatest protagonists become your greatest advocates… if you just give them time”.
How true that insight was.