To illustrate I had each child take turns sitting in a chair at the front of the room with a felt crown on their head. I then asked the other kids to say something nice about the person wearing the crown, "Prince/Princess (insert name here)".
Here were some of their responses:
Prince Hubba"He pways wif me so nice!"
"You are a very loving boy."
"I like his clothes a lot."
Princess S~"She is very creative."
"She's my best fwend."
"Her is so beautiful!"
Princess E~"I love your smile!"
"She is so pretty."
"Her have great hay-o (hair)!"
Prince Super C"You are nice to others."
"He is so smawt all the time!"
"I like to play with you."
Once class had ended, I had a feeling of regret. I wished I had given myself a turn with the felt crown and heard what nice things the kids would have said about me. It seems selfish, I know, but like I taught my class, we all enjoy hearing nice things that others say about us. Is there really anything wrong with that? (No, there's not.)
I have decided that for this week, everyone I run into or think about will be deemed "Prince/Princess (insert your name here)". I'm going to compliment others on things I notice, even if it may embarrass them a little. I'm going to perform small acts of unexpected friendliness. I'm going to offer words of encouragement and kindness and try to proliferate those warm, happy feelings that come when we feel loved. If my class of 4 and 5-year-olds could benefit from it, couldn't we all?
You know that saying about how the teacher is often the one who gets the most out of giving a lesson?