I originally posted this story to HZN165. It’s one of my favorite stories from teaching, so I wanted to share it here, too.
Helping Kids Through A Bad Day
This afternoon, I was running 10 minutes behind the time I was supposed to be working with some students on responding to their reading through writing. I had made a commitment earlier in the week not to let anything stop me from meeting with these students since that kept happening.
As I was getting nearer to the classroom (walking at a pace that is probably not allowable in an elementary school), I saw a student outside of her classroom showing signs of being frustrated. Now, it’s not unusual for this child to get upset easily. That’s just who she is. So, against what I wanted to do, I stopped and asked, “Is everything okay?”
She blurted out her frustration and said, “I’m going somewhere else,” and headed down the hallway.
That’s usually not a good sign. Not just for this kid. For any kid.
I followed her and tried to get her to tell me where she was going, but all she said was, “I need to get outta here.”
At this point, I wasn’t quite sure what to do next. I was worried that talking about what happened would upset her even more. It turns out, a few kids in her class were reminding her not to use so much lip gloss in that kid-reminding-another-kid-sort-of-way (think poor choice of words and a negative tone of voice).
So I turned to the emergency, never-fail, guaranteed to make a kid laugh book, The Blue Day Book for Kids: A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up, by Bradley Trevor Greive.
I told her I have the perfect book for you. She was interested and wanted to see what I was carrying on about.
She loved relating to the different examples of blue days (and the funny pictures of animals, of course).
So if you ever find yourself in a situation where your child is too upset to think about anything but being upset, I highly recommend bringing out The Blue Day Book For Kids.
It works like a charm.