Facing Your Fears

After yesterday’s performance of The Adventures of Johnny Appleseed by my 3rd grader’s class, my daughter tells me that one of the actors forgot a couple of her lines due to stage fright. She also went on to comment that it was odd that she had stage fright because at last year’s performance, she didn’t. Hearing this, my almost 6 year old shared her point of view:

“It is all about facing your fears,” she said. “When you face your fears, your fears disappear as they get scared of you. But if you don’t face your fears, they become like poison in your mind and stay there and become dangerous.”

I was pleasantly surprised by the little girl’s unravelling of a very complex topic and it made me wonder where she got this understanding from...

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“Make your heart big”

The other day, my little one was upset because her sister received a birthday invitation and she didn’t. She was sobbing and I could feel how hurt she was especially because her sister would be going to see Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax movie for the birthday celebration.

It’s a tough job for a mother to explain how to react to a 5 year old especially when they are brimming with sensitive emotions. So I let her cry a bit, then I had her sit next to me and while holding her hand, I asked to her make her heart big. I’m not sure why I said that because I didn’t have a plan in place. It was one of those on the spur of the moment smart comments where my superior position as a mother allows me to say things that sound profound so that the child looks at me with awe and knows I mean business.

But as I wen...

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