My mom is a teacher and we have “show and tell” at home just like kids do at school. We take turns, each one doing “show and tell” on a different night. Wednesday is my night. I save up my good papers from the week and pass them around. I read out
loud from my reader.
Then I tell them the best things that happened to me during the week. I love this time best because everybody—even my brothers and sisters—is listening and being nice to me.
Children ask in the warmth of their family’s undivided attention like sunbathers In the sun. Such focused appreciation helps to strengthen a child’s sense of importance and serves as a reminder that she or he is a valued member of the family.
But just as persistent sunbathing can be harmful, so can constant attention. It’s the occasional stardom that enhances a child’s self-esteem and serves as a quality experience.
Judy had just such an experience during her junior year in high school: I had a small but important part in the school play. My mother was big on photographs so she came to the dress rehearsal and shot two whole roles of pictures—seventy-two of them. “You shot seventy-two pictures just of Judy?” That’s my mom! She loved my plays and made sure that every one in the family saw all those stacks of pictures of me. It made me feel like I was a star! Like I really had talent.