I don't know about you, but I feel that this first month of 2019 has flown by! Every year proves to go by faster than the previous one.
Sometimes I wish I could freeze life for a short moment.
Freeze to absorb all the beauty that is all around us.
Freeze to soak in my kids at this age.
Freeze to appreciate this season of life.
What a luxury this would be to be able to be still within these moments?!?! Unfortunately this is not an option, however I do have the ability to be more present and mindful of these moments and creating lasting memories. What part of life would you like to freeze? How can you be create more presence during these times?
Wishing you a wonderful month of presence!
A Story of Change
Picture a little boy who can be shown how to write his name at 1 ½ and copy it perfectly the very first time; a little boy who can carry on fluent conversations at age two; can prolifically draw Thomas the Tank Engine at three and is totally engrossed in it every day; a small child who fights taking a nap by focusing on the Thomas train in his little hand; a boy who can follow Lego instructions at 4, and draw Larry Boy at five, and by seven is becoming increasingly agitated by having to follow academic rigor, but can tap into boundless creativity if it is building with Lego, or cardboard, and drawing, and imagining and moving energetically through all the space around him. At eight he is building Lego vending machines that actually work and selling candy to the kids he encounters. And when he is with friends, he makes up complicated rules to games that nobody else can follow. As long as he is allowed to do what he wants he is fine, but when a social or academic situation dictates something different, or he reaches a place where two Lego pieces aren’t going together just right, the frustration that ensues is like a volcano that has reached the tipping point.
This is Henry. He really is a charming boy, but with all these dynamics, one can be fooled by what they see.
This year has been a year of learning so much about my intense, differently-wired son, and a year of personal growth for me as his mom. At this time a year ago, we were meeting with our homeschool group, and I was teaching a class. Henry was in a different class. The setting, the material and the environment brought Henry to frustration and caused him to be anxious week after week. I couldn’t see what was happening because these things had come to seem normal about Henry. Every year I hoped that he would gain some maturity and handle things better and that the educational setting that seemed so promising would give back what I believed it would. There were things for my son that seemed like this would happen, especially when there were art projects. We started the year out strong, it had seemed. But every week the rest of the material was so frustrating for my son.
Although I had read numerous parenting manuals and tried to put into practice what I read, nothing ever seemed to really meet his needs. Finally, I began to reach out for help in other places. Both of my brothers are dyslexic. Maybe, just maybe a Davis facilitator could help, it had helped my brothers after all. Maybe it wasn’t so much behavior as it was that something about my son was different from the other kids around him. I supposed it was worth a try. That’s how I found Minnesota Learning Solutions.
I realized that for Henry, the world around him is moving at a snail’s pace. For him, it isn’t that he isn’t motivated, it’s that he isn’t motivated if it doesn’t interest him—he’s actually very self-directed.
Tracy walked Henry through Davis Concepts for Life, and then I continued to walk him through Concepts at home. I have seen Henry make so much progress this year. It’s slower than the progress I sometimes see with other nine-year-old’s, but it is progress all the same. I have seen this intense, highly-energetic boy be able to come to orientation and focus in on a Concept with clay or a page of punctuation exercises. I’ve watched him pick up and read books that last year were too hard for him. I’ve noticed when I need to ditch one approach to a lesson and come at it a different way. Henry’s strengths can be his weaknesses, but catering to his strengths rather than insisting he exchange them for other strengths, we have gained ground both in behavior, academics and in social settings. For me, it has brought me through personal growth, both in my own experiences and in growing as the mom Henry and my other kids need me to be. By default, I tend toward a stressed approach when things seem out of control. Tracy has walked me through parenting support and Davis Tools that have helped me take a calmer approach, which in turn has helped me to be able to find other ways to approach Henry, and to not take on ideals that I don’t have the energy for. Those things will come in time. Instead, we are gaining headway one step at a time and each step is on a more solid footing as we work through one piece at a time. I am so grateful that I found Minnesota Learning Solutions and for all the growth we have experienced as Tracy has walked us through this journey over the past year. I am excited about where these new skills will take Henry as he gets older, and where it will take me in my journey of personal growth.
- Ada Yatzeck
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