Shaming the Distracted Child Only Hurts Our World


By now you may have heard about the progress report my younger daughter came home with several years ago that said: “Distracted in large groups.”

You may also know (or can relate to) the fact that this comment did not surprise me. Since she was a toddler, this child has offered astute observations of the world around her. But what did surprise me is how badly she wanted to know what those words next to the low mark said. I hesitated, sensing this was a pivotal moment that could define her sense of self.

Telling my daughter not to worry about it didn’t seem right and neither did being dishonest. So, after pointing out all the positives on the progress report, I gave her truth.

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