I tend to add some comments to my homework to remind my students to share themselves. To acknowledge who is important in their lives and let them know. Show them. You know - before their big fifth graders and don't want to hug their moms and dads anymore.
So yesterday I wrote "Hug your family."
In their agendas the next morning I had a few notes in agendas - most in the form of a smiley face written by mom or a check mark from dad.
Today, one of my students wrote it again on her own.
Then she walked up to me, and said - simply - "Hug your family."
Then she gave me the biggest hug possible from her little fourth grade arms.
My extended family.