M's biggest school struggle right now is realizing when he is bothering other people.
He is not without empathy- he can tell when someone is sad and knows that we should try to comfort them. He prays for us when we are hurt and sick. He cares for people and wants to be kind. But if he's having fun, he just can't seem to put himself in the other person's shoes and see that he's annoying someone.
So we are practicing recognizing expressions.
And having conversations with these guys:
We all piled back into the car, despite the long hand pointing directly to bedtime, and headed back toward my school. The boys were in the back bantering playfully (probably no louder than usual) and I asked them for help. I said I was stressed about my lost bag and I needed them to stay calm to help me feel calm.
And lovely M said, "You're worried about your bag. It's like when I'm worried about my own stuff."
Yes! Yes, just like that! Thank you buddy. And they did. And we found it!