As it is, parenting can be stressful. Not only do we need to ensure that our kids are alive, well, and not killing each other, but it is also our responsibility to see to it that they grow up into honest, kind and contributing individuals.
We may spend countless hours trying to impart good manners and compassion to our kids but at the end of the day, it is how they interact with and treat others that will show whether we are successful or not. This is perhaps the reason why any note or letter our kids hand us – whether from their school or any adult in the community, is met with apprehension. Most of the time, notes and formal letters are mostly sent to inform us parents of any misbehavior or disorderly conduct. This is probably what Annaliese and Jorge’s parents Jorge and Leonor felt when they received school bus driver Cindy Clausen’s note. Instead, what they read next shows that they have succeeded in raising two compassionate individuals.
In the note, Princeton bus driver Cindy says that she has watched siblings Annaliese and Jorge repeatedly go out of their way to help and support Jackson – a classmate with a disability. Cindy explained that Jackson has difficulties walking, making it a bit longer for him to get to his seat. Cindy then said that Annaliese and Jorge provide encouragement and help to Jackson, which noticeably uplifts the latter’s spirits and mood.
The note has also been picked up and shared in the Facebook account of Love What Matters and has garnered more than 3,000 shares and 46,000 reactions.
Cindy’s last line of “I know you know how wonderful your children are, but I wanted you to know that it shows!” is truly the feedback every parent dreams of receiving for their child. Simple as it may seem, the affirmation from other people that our kids are growing up compassionate and kind is more than enough to take away all our stress and exhaustion from parenting.
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