My five year old twin daughters were getting ready for their first soccer practice of the season on Wednesday evening. They were making sure they had the most fashionable soccer gear to wear and as they were working out their outfit choices, I overheard them having the following conversation:
Twin 1-I’m excited about starting soccer! Are you?
Twin 2-Yes, I can’t wait but I’m a little nervous.
Twin 1-It’s okay, remember, if you fall down just get up and be brave. That's what mommy told us when we were learning to ride our bikes.
Twin 2-And, the first time is the hardest, just keep trying!
As I heard these words of wisdom from my five year olds, I thought my heart would burst! It was amazing to hear these words come out of the mouths of my little girls. And, I was reminded that, our children are listening. We have the power to impact their mindsets. As educators we must choose our words wisely and remember that we can’t waste a moment with our students. Our words have the power to shape the people they become.
Here’s to a great school year! And remember--
If you fall down, get up and be brave!
The first time is the hardest, just keep trying!
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