If reading this is keeping you from interacting with a child – hit delete and spend time with the child.
Watching each child's unique personality unfold is an incredible part of working with children. We must allow this unfolding to happen in its own time and way. Take the example of a leaf bud in spring; try to unfold it yourself and you ruin it. The bud needs sunshine, water and patience. It should fill us with a great sense of wonder and responsibility that for the child, we are the sunshine. A plant in good soil with the right amount of water and no pests chewing its stem will still not reach full fruition without enough sunlight.
As we debate national priorities and issues that affect thousands of children, let's not be too busy to take time for the children around us.