Learning How To Be Present-What Our Exceptional Children’s Gifts Can Teach Us

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Yesterday morning I broke with my usual morning routine of working until close to lunch time before Michael and I went out. We left a little earlier, as we were doing something that I had promised Michael we’d do all summer-a long bike ride that he would navigate. Every time we attempted it, either we had a visit to clock watch for or the weather was too warm or rainy. Yesterday was the perfect day as we had no set plans in the afternoon so could take as long as possible on the bike ride. You see, Michael planned the trip from beginning to end and we didn’t know how long it would take. I was sure it would be most of the morning though, as we were going far out. So off we went. It was magical, it was fun. The day was perfect. It was sunny with cloudy periods and the temperature was not too hot or too cold. Michael navigated us through and we had a great time.

What I also took from this bike ride and time spent with Michael is what I take from most off the things I do with Michael. This is how he is teaching me to be living more in the moment. I have to admit that this “working holiday” with Michael has been a little on the tough side for me. I decided to still continue working while he is home, albeit a little less than I do during the rest of the year, working mainly in the early am and later pm. My challenge yesterday, and the past two weeks with Michael at home, has been to not think about my work that needs to be done and fully enjoy being with my son. This is not always as easy as it sounds, but I have succeeded most of the time. Michael has helped me enjoy this part of my summer more than any other part as he is getting me out moving in the fresh air with swimming, biking and parks. Yesterday was hard for me to relinquish control over my time and work space at the beginning, but I rewarded by a great morning bike ride, some laughs and exercise. Living in the moment is the gift Michael is teaching me, as I show him how to do fun things too and be mindful, not anxious too.

Exceptional Parents, are you living “in the moment” with your Exceptional Child? Do you always worry back or ahead? If so, try and catch yourself. Breathe. Enjoy the time you have with them. They are only young once, and those days when they will want to
play” for all kids will pass as they move on to other things. Embrace the things they like to do and their passions. Really get into enjoying spending time with them. If you let them, your children will bring out the child in you. You will also help them practice life skills and possible future job skills. You never know. With your child leading you, life is full of possibilities. Until next time.

I am a writer, speaker and parent coach whose son with autism has shown me a whole new way to see the world and embrace the joy of the moment! I believe in empowering parents to trust their own instincts when it comes to their children, and in helping them parent with love, respect and confidence towards their child.

For more information on my coaching services, see my website: www.creatingexceptionalparentingg.com, and for a free 30 minute exploration/consultation session contact me at joanne@creatingexceptionalparenting.com. Also to receive a copy of my FREE E-BOOK “5 WAYS TO HANDLE EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY ANXIETY” click on www.creatingexceptionalparenting.com/EBOOKS.

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