Little geniuses

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If you have kids, are around kids, or were a kid yourself, you are familiar with the term milestone.  I have a love/hate relationship with milestones…some days I want to find that elusive milestone, pick it up by the nape of its neck, and ask it why it can’t just give my kid a break already.  Other days I want to pick it up, kiss it, dance with it and show it to everyone I see whether they care or not.  Of course, milestones are necessary to pay attention to, so that we can sooner identify where our kids may need some assistance.  However, each child is their own individual so each has their own way of reaching milestones.  No single path to getting there is  “right” or “wrong”, it just “is”,and finding which “is” it is for our child, can be a challenge.

My son, Wil, does reach the same milestones as his peers, just sometimes in a different way, and sometimes with more assistance, and sometimes at a different pace. He can be very creative in both the “when” and the “how” of reaching his milestones,  and his teachers and therapists are creative in assisting him, which I am grateful for! We all celebrate every one he reaches, no matter what shape or form they arrive in.  Not too long ago, there was a water bottle sitting on my nightstand by the bed. Wil decided he wanted to untwist the small cap and then proceeded to pour the entire contents on our bed(luckily on his daddy’s side!). You know what he got for that? A huge hug, of course! The fine motor skills that are so difficult for him made this independent act a huge achievement.  And, just about a month ago, he was moved up to the next level in his Resource Room because he kept shouting out the answers to the teacher’s questions and ruining it for the other kids. Again, I was over the moon proud!

Now, don’t get me wrong, rules and discipline in the house are important for parents as much as kids. It gives kids a sense of security knowing what is and is not allowed, and hopefully they grow up to be adults that are responsible enough to make their own good decisions. But one  thing I’ve learned as a parent of three, of which 2 are twins, every single one of them is different in what motivates them.  So, what may count as discipline for one, may be reason for celebration in the other. Kids are anything but “by the book.”  I love Albert Einstein’s quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” So, those baby books are nice guides, but we as parents know that sometimes the “whatever works” rule is the best way to raising our little geniuses.

Thanks for reading, and give your little or grown kiddos a big hug for being the perfect geniuses that they are!

Christie

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