Not sure if this has been said before but I love the fact that Makoto gets down to eye level with Hayato most of the time. That’s a technique that many (if not all) experts give when dealing with child communication.
Being on the same level is so important because it helps them feel more in control, safer, and more connected to the adult. It communicates to them that you are there for them and are readily paying attention.
Mamakoto really lives up to the name.
i think he does this with all the kids (ofc we see him one-on-one only with hayato) and not only does he crouch down, but given his height, he makes the effort to crouch down so he’s actually slightly below their eyeline, completely negating the intimidation of his size. it’s not surprising that he’s good with kids, but his instincts are so naturalistic. in just about every scene, he does it almost immediately upon actually speaking with the children.