I had a disturbing incident this AM with one of my regular English students. Her parents were having a very violent argument in the kitchen, while she was online in the living room. Her little sister ran between the two rooms--crying and wanting comfort. My student wanted to do something that took her out of the circumstance all together. She wasn't listening to the lesson, really, but she was listening to my voice and my tone, telling her she was smart and good. She is around 7-8 years old, a hard worker, and very smart. It is hard to be powerless to help, but far more difficult to be a small, helpless child.