Crying Children


Crying children

over dirty hands

tears dripping

into the mud puddle.


Crying children

over the snack table

saying I am full.


Crying children

on my shoulder

not wanting to share.


Crying children

in the sand box

running from the bugs.


Crying children

in the hallway

struggling with a snap.


Crying children

on the trampoline

leaping 30 feet high.

Crying children

looking for help.



I help them

but not

by cleaning

those muddy hands


by forcing

food down their throat.


I help them

but not

by taking

that toy away

and never


with a shout.


I help them

but not

by moving

that bug

that creature away

and certainly

not ever 


that snap.


I help those

crying children

by helping them

help their little selves.

3 thoughts on “Crying Children

  1. Yup. That’s how it should be. There’s no point in solving their problems for them, it’s like cutting their legs from under them, and we’re not helping them become fully functioning individuals in the future.

  2. You are such an amazing teacher! I know exactly how you helped them. I’ve witnessed first-hand your loving, gentle way of showing them you care, but not by babying them, by empowering them to become independent little people. The world needs more people like you! 🙂

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