Small Wins Wednesday: Great kid mentors

Published by Lori Pickert on April 23, 2014 at 07:58 AM

Turning the play kitchen into a workbench with Grandpa Dave

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Every Wednesday we share a small win from the forumTwitter, the Facebook page, or (with the writer’s permission) from the mail bag.

Carrie shared a great win on her blog about her young son’s experience being treated seriously and respectfully at the hardware store:

“I’n a go get my TOOLS!” And he was off at a run again, this time back up the street.

Ryan grinned when he saw Hawk. “You’re back.” He placed the screwdriver and hammer on the counter. “You still want these?”

“Yup.” Hawk handed over the coins. “I bring-ed my money.”

“Tell you what, Hawk.” Ryan rang up the purchase. “I’m going to give you the young builder’s discount. When I was a kid, I wanted real tools too. And I saved up for them too. I bet you’re going to go on and build great things.”  He handed the tools to Hawk. “Really great things.”

“Thanks.” Hawk tucked his new tools into his shopping bag. “I’m a worker.”

“You are,” Ryan said.  ”No doubt.”

Read the whole inspirational post, with more examples of greating mentoring, here: Young Builder’s Discount.

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Why do we share small wins? Because we put on our attention on what we want to grow. We support each other, celebrate each other’s successes, and we make more of the good stuff!

Have you had a small win this week? Whether it’s related to PBH or not, please share in the comments!



Comment by Katie | The Sur... on April 23, 2014 at 04:26 PM

What a cute story! Thanks for sharing :)

Comment by Carrie Mac on April 23, 2014 at 04:40 PM

Thanks for featuring the my blog post, Lori. It's so delightful to watch Hawk follow his bliss, and to be taken seriously as he does. It goes so far back for him already ... remember his love of brooms? The trajectory makes perfect sense. I'm enjoying following alongs with him.

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 23, 2014 at 07:58 PM

yes!!! i do remember!

i think helping your kids connect with mentors — and just adults and other kids (of all ages) who take their work seriously — is how you start to show them how to build a supportive community. it’s almost a self-fulfilling prophecy: you avoid the people who are patronizing and dismissive and you home in on the people who are supportive and genuinely interested and helpful. soon you have a network of people who are also doing meaningful work and who are great to work with.

Comment by Josh on April 24, 2014 at 09:43 AM

Love it! I love the ernestness of this boy and it deserves serious support <3

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

yes!!! :)

Comment by Lesley S on May 2, 2014 at 06:45 AM

This is how things should be. We all deserve that our passions and interests are taken seriously. I started dancing at 4 years of age and loved it for many years and then taught it for many years too. Someone took me seriously when I said I wanted to dance.

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