What does it take to stop a fight before it starts? (9th of a 9 part series)
Kubla and I are playing in the park. The big kids, 4th graders, are in the basketball court. We smell trouble in the air. Kubla edges closer so he can overhear their conversation. “When I see
Use their powerful imaginations to crowd out their fears (8th of a 9 part series)
Kubla is afraid to enter the dark room. He wants me to go in first. “Kubla, just use your powers to light up the room.” He looks at me, not sure what to do. I
In the face of evil, will you stand by or stand up? (7th of a 9 part series)
Kubla had been training to be a hero for weeks. He was ready to unleash his powers on the playground. His friends, a brother and sister, are on the slide. Kubla joins their play. After
Stick up for your friends (6th of a 9 part series)
I pick up Kubla and his friend from preschool. His friend is a little sad. Something happened at school. Turns out another boy was excluding him. “Kubla, what did you do when your friend was
How should you respond when someone is mean to you? (5th of a 9 part series)
After preschool, Kubla’s nanny often took him to play with an older neighborhood boy. I start to hear stories about this boy, how he teases Kubla, calling him a toddler, trying to make him unhappy.
Security blankets come in many forms (4th of a 9 part series)
Kubla didn’t want to go to preschool. He missed Liping too much. I wait for him to stop crying and calm down. I pretend to fish for something in my pocket. “I know it’s in
Keeping the neighborhood safe and nice for everyone (3rd of a 9 part series)
After a week of superhero training, Kubla is ready to go on patrol. He puts on his costume—mask, cape, super-serious crime-fighting face, Batman onesie. We start walking around the block, on the lookout for evil.
When the time comes, will you be ready? (2nd of a 9 part series)
Kubla is ready to become a hero. He’s ready to begin his training. “Do the Avengers fight bad guys all day?” “No, the battles only last a few minutes.” “That’s right,” I say. “What do
Fight evil, protect the innocent, and make things nice for everybody (1st of a 9 part series)
Three playdates in a row, Kubla bossed and bullied his friend. It wasn’t abating. He needed a positive outlet for his need to control. After the playdate I take him aside. “Kubla, who is the
Are you willing to do what it takes?
After weeks of trying, Kubla makes it across the monkey bars all by himself. He does it again. And again. And again. The next day he’s back on the monkey bars, gaining speed and confidence