Many families think that “belonging” only happens in large events or interactions, but often times it comes in the form of small simple gestures. Over the next six weeks, through this three part series, we will ask you to be observant of some of the significant, yet simple ways you can know that your children are connected to their surrounding communities. We are going to break down the important question: Is your child noticed, known, and missed?
This week, take note of when your child is smiled at! When are they noticed? Do their peers wave in greeting? Does a neighbour look up and smile? These are positive steps towards community building. Then consider how does your child or your family respond? Does your child smile back? Wave in return? Remember this is not about forcing a child to have “perfect eye contact” with strangers. Rather, it is about celebrating that when a child walks into a room, plays on their street, or walks down their school hallways… that the community looks up, notices them and smiles.