What do you do when your child wins the tournament or comes in first place?
Cheer, of course!
That’s what my daughter, Cristi, did during last week’s Thanksgiving turkey trot at the school where she teaches kindergarten. When one of the little girls in her class came in first place, Cristi was proudly cheering for her little runner.
But what about when your child loses? Or comes in last place? What do you do then?
I’ll tell you what my daughter did.
When the kindergarten boys began their race, one of them tripped. Cristi watched as Peter, a child with autism, stopped and waited for the fallen runner, then continued the race. As my daughter watched the kids come around the bend, she noticed that there was one child way behind and it seemed that everyone was cheering him on.
Then she saw that it was Peter. He was in last place. But he was smiling, and running with pure joy on his face as everyone cheered him on to the finish line. Cristi was right there cheering her heart out, knowing that for Peter, just finishing the race was a victory. Even if he finished in last place.
When your child has given his all, when he has tried his best and his best is not enough to win the game or the race or even pull him out of last place. Do you cheer him on anyway?
Knowing that our kids are doing their best should always be reason for cheering.
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