I had the good fortune to be raised in a small, close knit christian community. If I was in trouble in school during the week, I could count on a hand on my shoulder as I walked by someone at church, and someone saying, "I hope you have a better week, Carla" I worked in the small children's Sunday School class every Sunday. I have a letter of thanks for service since I was 11 years old. They trusted me with the small children even though they knew I was in trouble at school.
One Sunday (I was always bored because I did the lessons, read my Bible, and asked questions they never answered), while I was sitting in class I saw a thread hanging on the curtain. I pulled it, and then another and another, and before I knew it there was no curtain left. No one screamed at me, I wasn't kicked out of the class (like I was in school), but someone always asked me, "Could you have done something better?"
Support is one of the best things we can do for our children , even when they are in trouble. Support tells children we believe in them. When I got in trouble, it was not uncommon for my father to come spend time in my room with me. No talk, no sympathy, and no lecture. I knew and he knew I was wrong. I had the courage to face school again because my family supported me.
Who needs your support?