Musings and Stories

What can a Kindergartener teach us about better business dealings? Have you ever seen a child on the first day of school? Standing up straight, smiling, sporting their new backpack proudly? Have you ever compared that image to the same Kindergartener on the second day of school? Why is there such a disparity between the […]

What can a Kindergartener teach us about better business dealings? Have you ever seen a child on the first day of school? Standing up straight, smiling, sporting their new backpack proudly? Have you ever compared that image to the same Kindergartener on the second day of school? Why is there such a disparity between the photos taken on the first day of school and those taken on the second day of school? How can 24 hours take our tykes from smiling to downright dragging? How can such high expectations be crushed in so little time? Well, here is a lesson. Parents build up the big day all summer long. “You’ll try new things, make new friends, you’ll have so much fun!” When the big day comes, your child is pumped! So what happens? When our little ones set foot in their new classrooms they are met with, “Don’t touch that! “Not yet!” “Sit down.” “No talking!” You see, like us, Teachers have standards to maintain, goals to achieve, plans to follow. And like us, they are human and they forget the perspective of the other person. Let’s all take a lesson from the Kindergarteners and be more welcoming, let’s give our relationships a little air. Let’s slow down and let’s be nice.

Mary Herrold
Sr. Driector, Marketing at Redwood