Love is the core value of this teacher’s curriculum.
Special education teacher Chris Ulmer begins each school day at Keystone Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, individually complimenting each of his students for 10 minutes, The Mighty reported. Ulmer hopes to build confidence and self-esteem among his young students by reaffirming all their good qualities.
“Simple reminders of their positive attributes shifts [the students’] focus from what they can’t do to what they can do,” he told The Mighty.
Ulmer has been working as a special education teacher for the same group of students for the past three years, ABC News reported. Because many of the kids in his classroom previously experienced difficulties in school, Ulmer wanted to do something to make them feel self-assured, so he decided to start each day with one-on-one compliments. With the permission of his students’ families, Ulmer put together a video of one of the compliment sessions and posted it to the Facebook page for “Special Books by Special Kids” — a project he is developing with his students.
“Instead of focusing on deficits I focus on talents,” he wrote in the video’s captions, adding that his daily practice has also led to students complimenting each other. The exchanges have also helped the students better socialize.
Father of the Year! Loving Dad Gets Tattoo to Match Daughter’s Cochlear Implant So She Wouldn’t Feel Different
Alistair Campbell is a (great) dad from Taupo, New Zealand. His 6-year-old daughter Charlotte is hearing impaired, fully deaf in her left ear, and with a limited ability to transmit sound to her brain from her right. She had her first cochlear implant put in when she was four, and just recently had to go back to the hospital to have another put in. Still, her dad was determined for her not to feel like an outsider because of her condition, so he booked his own appointment, except his was at the tattoo parlor.
Alistair, who previously had no tattoos, shaved his head and had a realistic tattoo of a cochlear implant inked on his scalp. When asked why he did it, he told the New Zealand Herald,
“My love for her really. Hey, my hair can grow back.”
It really is a sweet gesture. He can go about his life with no one the wiser, but any time he wants to reconnect with his daughter, all he has to do is bust out the razor. What a brilliant dad hack.
Charlotte’s diagnosis didn’t come as a surprise – her mother Anita has used a cochlear implant too, and her brother has hearing aids. Now the whole family matches. What’s more, Anita says that the implants have had a wonderful effect on her, transforming her from someone who would keep to herself to “pretty much a social butterfly.” Of course, it can’t hurt that she has some kickass parents.
12 years ago, Miyoko Ihara has started to take photographs of her grandmother, Misa. Miyoko wanted to leave a living proof of her. One day, her grandmother found a odd-eyed kitten in the shed. She named the cat "Fukumaru" in hope that "God of fuku(good fortune) comes and everything will be smoothed over like maru(circle)". Even thought she is 87 years old, she still go out into the fields everyday, and Fukumaru always accompany her. Green fields, blooming flowers and plump fruits … in the colorful, diverse landscape, the life of an old lady and a cat is captured in the photographs. It has been 8 years since they first met. The grandmother whose hearing become weak and Fukumaru who has hearing disabilities are always looking into each other’s eyes and feeling warmth each other. When the white cloud float across the blue sky, the grandmother and her cat go out in the filed today too.
Thanks to two kind-hearted women, rescued battery chickens are experiencing how good – and cozy – life can be.
Nicola Congdon and her mother, Ann, from Falmouth in Cornwall, England, own around 60 hens and half of them are former battery chickens. This means that they have, unfortunately, spent most of their lives in cages, and are not able to acclimatize to normal weather conditions.
To keep them warm during the frigid winter months, Ann and Nicola came up with an ingenious solution: knit them wooly chicken jumpers.
“It’s important to make people aware of the poor conditions the hens live in and the fact that they have no feathers when they are retired.”
Nicola and Ann are now receiving special requests for jumpers from hen-keepers near and far. Instead of selling the tank tops for profit, she said the money goes to an AIDS orphanage in South Africa.
A two-year-old shelter cat named Edward never had a loving family to call his own. But little did he know that someone was out there who needed him more than he needed them.
Iona had made a trip to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Conroe, Texas with her son. Her cat of 10 years had just passed away. After looking for a new companion, she spotted Edward, and instantly knew he was the one for her. “The way he cuddled upon my shoulder reminded me of the cat I’d just lost,” she recalls.
Barbara Bates, the adoption coordinator for the animal shelter, was there with her camera when this rare incident of ‘love-at-first-sight’ happened, right there in the lobby of the red-brick building.
“It just filled my heart,” Bates says about the scene. “The kitty just snuggled right up to her.”
“I said, ‘Iona, do you mind if I take your picture?’ And she said, ‘Honey, I sure hope I don’t break your camera.’”
Bates’ camera turned out fine, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few hearts broke upon seeing this tender moment captured that day:
Photo credit: Barbara Bates / Montgomery County Animal Shelter
“[This] photo tells me Edward immediately sensed that Iona had lots of love and security to offer him,” Bates says.
“To me, an animal gives you life, that a person can’t, or material things can’t.
“You come home from a stressful day, and they want to kiss on you. It just makes everything bad go away. So it just touched my heart.”
Looks like Iona will have a new favorite picture of hers to treasure.
This is the letter a mother shared on social media after taking her daughter skateboarding at a local skate park for the first time. She wrote it to thank an anonymous teenage boy for helping break down gender barriers for her six-year-old daughter, even though he got laughed at..
Dear teenage boy at the skate park:
You’re probably about 15 years old, so I don’t expect you to be very mature or for you to want a little girl on your skate ramp for that matter.
What you don’t know is that my daughter has been wanting to skateboard for months. I actually had to convince her that skateboarding wasn’t for just for boys.
So when we walked up to the skate park and saw that it was full of teenaged boys who were smoking and swearing, she immediately wanted to turn around and go home.
I secretly wanted to go too because I didn’t want to have to put on my mom voice and exchange words with you.
I also didn’t want my daughter to feel like she had to be scared of anyone, or that she wasn’t entitled to that skate park just as much as you were.
So when she said, “Mom it’s full of older boys,” I calmly said, “So what, they don’t own the skate park.”
She proceeded to go down the ramp in spite of you and your friends flying past her and grinding rails beside her.
She only had two or three runs in before you approached her and said “Hey, excuse me …”
I immediately prepared to deliver my “She’s allowed to use this park just as much as you guys” speech when I heard you say, “Your feet are wrong. Can I help you?”
You proceeded to spend almost an hour with my daughter showing her how to balance and steer, and she listened to you a feat not attained by most adults.
You held her hand and helped her get up when she fell down and I even heard you tell her to stay away from the rails so that she wouldn’t get hurt.
I want you to know that I am proud that you are part of my community, and I want to thank you for being kind to my daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it.
She left the skate park with a sense of pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you.
Jeanean Thomas, Cambridge
Eleven-year-old Bella Burton from Woburn, Mass., suffers from Morquio Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that leads to organ damage, abnormal bone development and dwarfism. The disease makes it difficult for the young girl to walk, but with the help of her two-year-old service dog named George, Bella’s days are made a bit easier.
George is not your regular service dog. He is no Golden Retriever, but a Great Dane, and thanks to his large size, Bella is able to walk with a lot more ease.
The young girl was diagnosed with the debilitating disease at the age of two. Her mobility has always been aided by either crutches or a wheelchair, but since George came to her life this past January, Bella gained her independence.
“He helps me a lot,” Bella told ABC news. “I lean on him like a crutch.”
A mama deer abandoned one of her twin fawns when she realized it had an injured leg and could not keep up. The baby deer had no chance to survive on her own.
What you’re about to witness is an epic tale of love, loss, heartbreak, hope and happiness.
Meet Komari. At five weeks, she was found abandoned and all alone. Looking hungry and sickly, she needed a new home.
When Hope For Paws got a video text message of two precious pups sitting atop a trash heap, they hopped in their car and went straight to the scene. For two months, these adorable little dogs were getting fed by nearby workers, but their living conditions were nowhere near perfect. No one wants to live in trash…