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One child in the class I deliver Roots of Empathy to, can struggle with anxiety at times and can be emotional coming into school on occasions, but is always worried of his peers seeing him upset.

During Theme 2: Crying, we were discussing when and why babies may cry and I then asked ‘Who here still cries?’- everyone was reluctant to answer until this child raised his hand and admitted that he does, following him most of the other children then felt confident enough to say that they still cry at time[s] too.

It was a lovely moment to witness this child who often worried about his classmates seeing him cry, understand that [it is] ok, and to have the confidence to admit this as well as to then lead the way for his classmates to admit it too.”

Roots of Empathy Instructor,
Cookstown, Northern Ireland