Why every kid going back to school could use a friend like Kevin.

Back-to-school time can fill kids with a potent mixture of excitement, nerves, and dread. But not Kevin.

Kevin can't stop smiling.

All images via Fox 7 Austin/YouTube.


Kevin is entering fourth grade this year, and he's a walking, talking ball of enthusiasm. He was eager to stop and talk to local Austin, Texas, news reporter Tania Ortega before his first day of school on Aug. 22, 2016.

Kevin's short TV interview is going viral for the best reason: We all secretly (fine — not so secretly) want to be Kevin's best friend.

Kevin loves math and science and wants to be a "creator" when he grows up. And he can't wait to get there.

His timeline may be a little off, but I applaud his ambition.  

Kevin also enjoys riding bikes, even though his mom makes him wear a helmet, which, like most fourth-graders, he hates.

Sorry, buddy, I'm with Mom on this one.

Smart, excited, and a little bit of a dangerous streak: Kevin must be the big man on campus, right? Well, not quite.

Kevin admitted to the reporter that he only made one friend at his old school. But put away your sympathy because Kevin has no time for that. Instead of dwelling in the past or getting nervous about the future, Kevin may be one of the most optimistic fourth-graders you'll ever come across.

Whether you're trying to make new friends as an adult or just helping your own kids get out the door this school year, we can all learn a little something from Kevin.

No matter your age, new situations can be scary and overwhelming. Our minds fill with "what ifs" and self-doubt. But that's the best time to take a cue from optimists like Kevin. Stand tall, recognize what makes you great, keep calm, and remember this simple affirmation, inspired by the K-man himself:

"This is me. I am awesome. And things are going to work out."

Will they always? Maybe not. But in a stressful, fast-paced, sometimes scary world, it can't hurt to enter into new spaces and opportunities with a positive attitude.

Watch Kevin's full interview on Fox 7 and get in line (behind me) to be his best friend a few years down the road.

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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This article originally appeared on 03.19.15


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