To know Liam is to know a mostly calm, kind, quiet young man.
But not during finals week.
Between last week, with final projects and essays due, and this week, with studying and a changed schedule, Liam is feeling stressed.
What does this look like? A kid who is not happy. His face is clearly showing me his displeasure with this time.
What does this sound like? Some raising of his voice to his brother and expressions of self-doubt.
What does this feel like? A lot of hugging and fighting with/hitting of his brother. He is also extremely hungry.
What do I do about it? I give him words to help him process through his time and activities. I tell him it’s okay how he is feeling, but that he cannot take it out on others. I tell him that this will soon be over and he will get some new classes that he is looking forward to.
So, while I usually have a calm, easy-going kid, I have to show extra patience and support during this stressful time.