School is hard. Watching your young students struggle is hard too and when something doesn’t go my youngsters’ way and I can see the tears welling up in their eyes. My first instinct is to go into Mama Bear mode and fix it, but is that the right answer? I strive to raise respectful and resourceful children and while those “learning moments” are hard for them and me I urge them to give it a try on their own. From riding a bike without training wheels, learning to tie a shoe, or tackling those omnipresent CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant, for the uninitiated – don’t worry preschool mamas you’ll see these soon enough) it takes a bit of practice or a lot of practice in my case (I was a late bloomer) to learn a new skill. My boys are fearless and are game for just about anything, whether or not they “get it” on the first try. Conversely, one of my girls is more cautious, and it takes a moment for her to work out any frustration and try again. We are not always a patient bunch in my house, and while we try to be cool, calm and collected, it doesn’t always work. I often have to grit my teeth and let my kids sort it out themselves, and sometimes I’m more successful than others – it’s a work in progress, so we all have things to work on, and that’s why I love the concept of instilling confidence into young kids. My kiddos loved it, and the illustrations were engaging and thoughtful. As a bookworm, parent and teacher, I love the values of grit and tenacity. It hit home with my kids. It’s a short comic, but perfect for beginning readers and a nice reminder for the whole family to persevere.
About the Author
Brod Bagert is the award-winning author of 18 books on poetry for children, youth, and adults. His awards include the International Reading Association’s prestigious Young Adults Choices Award, the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, the Independent Publisher Gold Book Award and Mom’s Choices Gold Medal. Prior to becoming a poet, Bagert practiced law, served in public office and managed his own practice for twenty-one years before shutting it down and becoming one of America’s few full-time, professional poets. Brod currently lives in New Orleans with Debby, his wife of over 46 years, where they spend quality time with their four children and a growing tribe of grandchildren.
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