Because I'm not in the regular classroom any more, I am given students that "check-in" with me at the beginning of the day to start them off right and then they come back at the end to tell me how their day went.
I have 2 girls that come and see me. They are basically complete opposites of each other, one is friendly, yet doesn't take care of herself physically. The other is a perfectionist... she is hard nosed, has guarded emotions and tries not to show any emotion. However, my strategy has been the same for the both of them.
Every day, I welcome them with a smile, give them a hug, and then before I send them on their way, I say, "I love you. Have a great day! I'll see you later." (Honestly, the same things I tell my boys before I leave them in the morning.)
Normally, I get back "K. See you later."
I get it... They may not hear this at home. They may be embarrassed to say it in return...
But, today, after being out of school for a week due to snow...
Today, I before I could say it to my stubborn, hard nosed little one, she said, "I love you! Have a great day!"
I caught the lump in my throat long enough to say, "I love you too!"
Yep. Today was a successful day.
21 hours ago