It was a beautiful sight in our kitchen on Saturday afternoon. There was Michael stirring together all the ingredients for a batch of lemon sugar cookies. I looked at him, the child who has been having a hard time concentrating on any activity for a set time and saw the focus he was showing in baking. He has that same focus when he navigates on Google Maps and looks up directions. After a very difficult month of December, it was beautiful to see Michael having a peaceful Saturday with no fighting or conflicts. It also helped me see that with his attention and behavior struggles lately in many activities where he did not have issues, here was one he could still focus well on and I would see my gifted child who, like all of us, was good at the things he was so passionate about. We passed the rest of the afternoon baking, and as at other times, he handled only having one cookie really well. Diabetes has changed some things, but we always stressed portion control before, and it seems to be paying off now. I was a proud Momma to see how well Michael worked and talked with me. We also went for a short walk in the afternoon. Mom was having a little cabin fever after a winter storm had finally wound down, and Michael wanted to join me.
Both these activities were typical fun activities for Michael before diabetes and more serious aggression set in. It was so nice to see these “old activities” become new again. Seeing Michael concentration with baking and enjoying our walks again, as well as seeing him navigating on line and off, gave me a lot of hope. We are in the first days of a new medication so it is best possible it is helping Michael channel his calmer relaxed focused side. I can only hope. One day at a time. All I know is that seeing my child calm and content has been wonderful. We have a great time behind Michael, but it would not be as effective if Michael was not such a terrific kid who loves life, people, learning and adventure. He helps me revisit old favorite activities like our baking and walks, and makes them new again. It’s amazing how kids can do that.
Exceptional Parents, has your Exceptional Child ever helped you revisit old fun activities and made them new to you? Have they helped you see the world in a new and fun way? If not, it’s ok. You may have missed it during all the hard work you are doing as a parent to keep them fed, clothed, well and healthy. But it’s never too late to go along on an adventure with your child. Watch them when they are doing something they love. Participate with them. Let them lead you by the hand. You won’t regret the adventure you will have. Until next time.
I am a writer, speaker and parent coach. I blog about how my exceptional son with autism and type 1 diabetes is raising me to a better human being and exceptional mom. My mission is to empower other exceptional parents to trust in their parenting instinct while letting their exceptional child open their eyes to all that is possible! For more information on my coaching services and to download a copy of my FREE EBOOK “5 WAYS TO HANDLE EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY ANXIETY” see my website, http://www.creatingexceptionalparenting.com.