I'm not feeling too terrible today which is a miracle as Kim was here and that's always a strenuous day for me. She comes once a month to do my laundry and some cleaning. Originally it was her son Michael but he flaked out, which is good as Kim doesn't require as much energy on my part. She appreciates having the little job, and I appreciate having it done and try to always say thank you and praise her. I think that's important to everyone but perhaps especially for a single mother struggling to make her way. I never have change so it is always just a bit over what we agreed upon but today she had change and I told her not to bother as she is worth it. It was nice to see her face light up - from being appreciated, not from the paltry amount.
I remember reading in some work rules handbook that it's considered part of a boss's job to praise his employees, which makes sense to me. It was difficult for me as a child since it was 99% criticism to 1% praise, which makes one feel inadequate. At that time children were on a par with the family dog, sad to say. The family dog then, not the family dog now - a dog's life has changed a great deal.