School can be tough – and some children need lots of encouragement to help inspire confidence. Some parents write sweet notes in their kids’ lunch boxes to keep their spirits high, but one mum has had a truly brilliant idea.
Teacher Amanda Cox, from Texas, was running low on pencils and asked her class to return any that they had in their drawers. One boy said he wanted to hand pencils from his mum around to the class. Amanda thought nothing of it until she saw the adorable messages his mum had written on each of them – she said it “melted her heart”.
Writing about the sweet moment on Facebook, she said: “When I was sharpening them, I noticed writing on a few of them.
I then realized that my student’s mother took the time to write on his pencils.
“I asked him if he would mind showing me the rest of them. What I read melted my heart”.
The boy’s mum had written adorable messaged like “you are so talented”, “never give up”, “I am proud of you” and “you are important” on each pencil.
She also wrote messages praising her son’s abilities in the classroom, like “you are a maths whiz”, “you are a problem solver” and “you are creative”.
We’re not crying, you are.
Amanda said that although the gesture must have only taken the mum a few minutes to do, it lit up his whole day – and he wasn’t embarrassed about showing them to the class at all.
“Thanks to his mom, he was reminded of his self worth and wanted to share the same feeling with his classmates
“THESE are the things that we should be reminding our kids”.
Amanda urged other parents to give gestures like this a go, even if they think it might be too cheesy.
The post has since gone viral, and thousands of mums and dads commented to say how amazing they think the idea is.
One said: “Shut up, I’m not crying! I’ve been writing jokes and notes on my kids bananas all year, but this is better”.
Another wrote: “Wonderful mother we should all use positive reinforcement with our children! Lots of love goes along with this!”
A third commented: “Such a small gesture with such a big impact.”
Take note parents, this one seems to have worked a treat.