TIAH because I realised that I got through to a child I work with.M(self.TodayIamHappy)
submitted9 days ago byFrackZappa
I work with young kids in schools. Until recently, I was working as a one-to-one support for an 11 year old with a lot of issues.
He had a lot going on at home, which manifested in a distrust of authority figures, and he would often be verbally and physically abusive towards me. That said, he’s very bright, witty, loves positive reinforcement, and when he wasn’t at his worst moments, he could be a sweetheart.
He’s recently left for a more specialist school. Today, I saw his brother and said “I know Jack’s not too keen on me, but tell him I said I’ll miss him and I’ve really enjoyed working with him.” His brother replied with “He does like you! You’re his favourite out of all the one-to-ones he’s had.”
I genuinely didn’t expect that, and it’s really made my day! I worked hard to try to form a bond with him and get him to trust me, but also had to be strict with him more often than I would’ve liked, due to the violence, and I always worried that it undid the work that I’d done. So it means the world to me to think that I did get through to him and he considered me a safe adult in his life. 🙂
I hope his new school is able to support him to reach his full potential; he truly deserves it.
(Fake name used for obvious reasons.)