“Being Heard” Makes a Difference to Kids…And To Adults

Do you ever feel like you need a place where you can share what’s on your mind, and have someone really listen to you without judging you?

Dawn Taylor, a counselor in Toledo, OH, has created just such a place for some of the 4th and 5th graders at her school.

In under two minutes, this Toledo news story (click <Here> for video) reveals the power and the benefits of giving kids a safe container in which to have conversations that really matter to them.

Although the kids’ “Cocoa Club” was prompted by a desire and a need to battle the rise of bullying, there are a host of other positive things that happen when the kids are together.

Here’s what I heard some of the kids sharing about what their special club provides:

  • Let’s you… “open your heart” and “tell them how you feel”
  • You can… “express your feelings”…”with people you trust”
  • “People here will understand”

In the television reporter’s words, for the kids the Cocoa Club is all about “being heard”. For the counselor, the endgame is about helping the kids “become leaders”.

I really like and respect what this school counselor has created. Not surprisingly, there is a waiting list of kids who want to join.

Wouldn’t it be something if we could all have a Cocoa Club! After all, no matter what our age, don’t we want to feel connected, feel cared for and be heard by the people we live and work with?

The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Question: How are you currently creating space to “be heard” for those who matter most to you at home and at work?