A Prayer for Calming Teachers and Preschoolers

Wednesday last week was one of those days where you want to go home, go back to bed and start over. (I sometime think if we could get a free restarts in life it would be great. Then again, maybe not – it might end up being a rewind of what just happened. 😦 )

(BTW, this photo is of last year’s class.)

So, last Wednesday in the preschool world was difficult. We just struggled to do everything. We quarreled, cried and forgot how to share. We were tired and sulky. I think we were all ready to go back to bed.

Whenever a day (or moment) like that strikes, I think of John Cassian’s little phrase, “Oh God come to my assistance. Oh Lord make haste to help me.”

We pray that phrase at the beginning of morning prayer every day. It’s become part of me … and a good thing, too! It calms me down to pray it on the Wednesdays of life.

Why? When things are out of my control or not going smoothly Cassian’s prayer helps me to remember it is all in God’s hands. It calms me down so I can deal with the wet pants, the crying preschoolers, those who have seemed to forgotten how to share.

It is also a great line to use with the preschoolers when they are upset with each other or a situation!

Try it sometime. If it can calm a teacher and a room full of 4-year-olds down, it can do wonders for anyone!!! 🙂

One thought on “A Prayer for Calming Teachers and Preschoolers

  1. […] Read Sister Stefanie’s (very) Benedictine response to a chaotic and difficult classroom! […]


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