Today right before I was going to start explaining the options for centers time, Princess interrupted me.
“Can I have a hug?”
“Not right now, sweetie.” She pouted.
I said, “You can have a hug when I give you your clothespin for centers time.”
Someone else said, “Can I have one, too?”
“Of course. When I call your name to get your clothespin, I’ll ask if you want a hug, and then I will give you one. If you say no, though, you don’t have to have a hug.”
So every single child — except for Harold, who never wants hugs from me — got the clothespin with their name on it, and a hug from the teacher, before going off to put their clothespins on the centers time pocket chart. It was disgustingly cute.