…especially when they’re accompanied with tears:
“Why does my sister ALWAYS get better report cards than me? She gets almost all ‘excellents’, and I got 2 ‘needs improvement’ and some ‘fairs’.”
“I never speak up in class because I’m too afraid I’ll make a mistake and then I’ll be embarrassed.”
“I’ve been playing alone at recess for 2 weeks now because the last time I played with my friends, we got in trouble, and now I’m afraid of getting into trouble again. So I play alone.”
“I wish I wasn’t so dumb.”
All this I heard tonight, and more. And now I am going to bed with a broken heart. How do I help this girl? Did I say the right things tonight?