From The Mouths of Babes- Teri

Kids can say the coolest things! When you look through the eyes of a child, you might notice some significant life lessons from their perspective. This week we will be sharing quotes and stories from kids that will shine a light on simple, yet powerful life lessons. Teri's Story

One afternoon after my 4 year old was done with preschool, we had the following conversation:

Me: How was school buddy?

My 4 year old son: Not too good. Sally wasn't very nice to me.

Me: Really? Tell me about it.

My 4 year old son: Well, she kept running up to me and didn't want to play. She said she didn't like me.

Me: Hmm...what did you say?

My 4 year old son: I said, "I still like you, Sally, even if you don't like me."

Me: Wow, I'm proud of you! What did she do?

My 4 year old son: She just stood there quiet with a strange look on her face!

My husband and I make a strong point to raise our kids to love people and be kindhearted towards others, even when they aren't deserving of it. My son showed this moral here. He could have been mean back to Sally. He could have told her that's not nice and tattled to the teacher. He could have hit her. There are a number of common reactions a four year old would normally do when in this situation. But my son chose to like her anyways. As she stood there dumbfounded, he took away her power. She probably expected him to be mean back to her, but his kind reaction stopped her in her tracks.

I was raised hearing the phrase, "Kill them with kindness". This concept means to be overly kind to others in a way that it knocks them over because it takes them by such surprise. I try to do this in many ways in my life- paying it forward, by not road raging, treating others how I want them to treat me back. Applying this concept in life can bring happiness and joy. It feels GOOD to be nice. Much better than being mean and hard hearted towards others.

I encourage you to treat others in a way that you want to be treated. Who knows, you might surprise them so much they will look at you with a funny look on their face like Sally did! Check in tomorrow for more lessons from the mouth of a child!


Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.