how to really love a child

I used to have this small poster by sark hanging in my classroom. it was a gift from a friend who knew these things to be true. eventually the poster fell apart and so I typed it out on the computer, printed it out and tacked it up.

I would sometimes put a copy in handouts to parents. I emailed it out sometimes too.


we would bake cakes and eat them with no hands in my class. we had some uproarious times together. kids felt safe, i think..and pretty joyful too.

i pass this on to all of you now to use with wild abandon as I have….. and will continue to do. It will be very nearby to the bill of rights wherever i land……


About cthebean

Educator, musician, social justice activist...and now a blogger. Children deserve unflinching support from adults.....they deserve nothing less. All kids . Everybody's kids. Everywhere.
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2 Responses to how to really love a child

  1. cthebean says:

    Yes…this little poster has had quite an influence on me …. I am so glad you like it too. It is just so playful and feels so true and right. I recommend eating cake with no hands with kids aged 4-7ish In my experience, they have been flabbergasted that such a thing would be suggested. It is actually harder to do than you think too….and deliciously uncivilized.


  2. Carol Hand says:

    I love this! What a great gift to children and families, and to all of us regardless of age.


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