Complementing a child goes a long way

Cartoon of a teacher saying to a student, "This is a great story. You should copyright it!"
(c) kevin@kevinspear.com

Cartoon of a happy teacher and student. The teacher says, “This is a great story. You should copyright it.”

It breaks my heart when I hear about an author who almost didn’t take up his craft because an English teacher once told her that she was a terrible writer. But it is inspiring to hear of those who heard that discouragement, yet overcame it and are authors today.

It is a shame when discouragement comes out of our mouths. I am as guilty as anyone else of spewing criticism to others. Unfortunately, it is too easy to do that in this world.

But a complement goes a long way. My fourth grade teacher encouraged me to consider drawing when complemented my part in a poster. I didn’t think of myself as an artist until that moment.

Be sure to give a sincere complement to a child when you have a chance. You never know how it will change his life.

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Are you in another tweet war?

Cartoon of an angry woman on a smart phone
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Cartoon of a man observing an angry woman on a smart phone. The man says, “Are you in another tweet war with the cross-town church about who will have the better kick-off?”

I drew this for Kidzmatter Magazine.

 

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Cartoon: Gift of Silliness

Cartoon of teacher in silly clothes

Cartoon of guy in a silly hat. He says, “Apparently, my spiritual gift is being silly with the toddlers.”

One thing I love about teaching kids is I get to act silly in church. There’s something wonderfully whimsical about waltzing down the hallway, past the seniors’ Sunday school class, with an umbrella hat and maracas. The smirks and grimaces are well worth the effort.

I drew this cartoon for K! Magazine.

Cartoon: Volunteer Donuts

Cartoon of a man tossing a donut to a teenager. The man says, "The youth have been great voluntters. Plus, they word for donuts!"

Cartoon of a man tossing a donut to a teenager. The man says, “The youth have been great voluntters. Plus, they word for donuts!”

I drew this cartoon for K! Magazine.

Cartoon: on Youtube

Cartoon of boy and dad. The boy says, "You should have seen what Bobby did in class! It's already posted on Youtube!"

Cartoon of boy and dad. The boy says, “You should have seen what Bobby did in class! It’s already posted on Youtube!”

I drew this cartoon for K! Magazine.