I spend a lot of time worried about my son’s future. I tend to concentrate on what he needs to learn, and forget to appreciate what he has accomplished. The last couple of days, I have been paying attention to the things that he can do on his own.
He can help make his bed. He can completely dress and undress himself. He’s potty trained. He can follow my directions. He can put his clean clothes away on his own. He can operate his electronics in his bedroom and the other rooms in the house.
He’s a great helper in the kitchen. He likes to spend time with the family. He enjoys going out to different stores. He is starting to make progress with both his OT and Speech therapists. He is eating a few new foods.
I think it is important to take time to appreciate and praise your child. My son has accomplished a lot. He still has a lot to learn, but I am proud of the progress he has made. He enjoys being praised. The smile on his face when I tell him what a great job he is doing is priceless. When we are working on a difficult task, and I see him struggling, I set him up for success. When he succeeds, he works harder. I am then able to progress the difficulty of the task and he will work harder to accomplish it.
Repetition, hard work, and praise are the keys to my son’s success. I have to constantly remind myself that I need to step back and access his progress. By doing that, it gives me more hope and patience. Hope in what he can still accomplish, based on what he has accomplished. Patience in how we work together, because I remember where he once was and what great accomplishments that have been made over time. There’s no to know how much my son will learn. There’s no way of knowing what he will be like when he is an adult. I try not to think about it. I prefer living day by day. As long as I continue to see progress, there’s no limit in what he will be able to do in the future.