The mother of a compassionate seventh grader who helped a fellow student when he fell in class has shared the story of an action that made her cry with pride.
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Kristin Adair is a mom of four who lives in Tampa, Florida. The woman works as a third-grade teacher, and Karington Nobles is her oldest daughter.
Kristin, 39, and her kids often play a game they call "highs and lows" as they get back home from school. The game's purpose is to share the worst and best parts of their days and always find reasons to keep going and stay positive.
One time when they were on their way home, Karington shared a unique thing that had happened during class.
"Mommy, I made a teacher cry today," Kristin shared with The Epoch Times about the way her daughter started telling her about what happened.
The mom braced herself for a negative happening, but all her concerns just melted away as the seventh grader kept adding more details.
The girl told Kristin that a boy attending her art class had Tourette's syndrome, and all the other students kept laughing at him. On that day, he'd fallen to the ground, and his classmates were making fun of him again.
That's when Karington decided it was time to act. She walked up to the boy and confidently lay down close to him. On seeing her, the rest of the class stopped laughing.
The boy's mom was working as a substitute teacher at the same school, and she happened to walk by and see what was going on in the art class.
Karington said the teacher was crying and came to hug her. She thanked her with a tight, heartfelt hug.
"My voice was replaced by a lump in my throat," Kristin recalls. She couldn't find the words to let Karington know just how touched she was by her gesture. As she saw her mom's tears, the seventh grader understood kindness meant more than anything.
To Kristin and her family, showing empathy for others and standing up for what's right is essential.
"I have always instilled kindness in my children, as well as thinking of others before yourself. I teach my children to do the right thing anytime and to show good character," the happy mom said.
Karington is described by her mom as "bubbly and very energetic," always going above and beyond to help cheer up the people around her. The seventh grader likes to play volleyball, swim in the family pool, and go out with friends. And she is used to thinking of others before herself and that's what makes Kristin so proud.
"If she won a prize, she gave it away; if she earned money, she spent it on others," the mom shared about the girl's generosity and kindness.
Kristin's advice to other parents is to talk to their kids about what being different means and to celebrate it.
"Speak to them about disabilities; share the story of when you were bullied in third grade and how it made you feel. Empathy is about seeing with the eyes of another, feeling with the heart of another, and listening with the ears of another," the mom, who's been a teacher for 16 years, recommended, pointing out that compassion needs to be seen in action.