The wind is brutal right now. It has been howling since yesterday. Owen slept all night in his bed; for this I am thankful. I was in my bed, but the sleeping part, no so much. Hopefully we are back on a trend for sleeping again. It will take me days to get back into a sleeping pattern, if Owen sleeps through the night. All I can do is be hopeful. Our internet was not working this morning, before he went to school. Depending on the time, I will let him play with his tablet for a few minutes before he gets ready. This morning there was no convincing him the Internet was broken, and there was no convincing him that he wasn’t allowed to have his tablet. The good, bad, and indifferent views, as to whether the tablet is good for our children will not change my mind, that Owen has learned incredible things by having a tablet. I cannot deny that days like today it is hard. He wants his tablet, and we have built a routine around it. Taking away the tablet from him now would be a whole process in itself, but for Owen the benefits have certainly outweighed the moments like this morning. Now my stress level, that’s a whole other story. All day I hoped when we got home that we would have the internet. Even though we do other things in our evenings, as well, it is still our go to training tool. I try to reference the things he likes on the tablet in the real world. One of the apps he loves on his tablet is an about a restaurant; they make coffee. I started taking him to the coffee shop so he could see this in real life. Same with bowling, the doctor, and dentist, plus many other things. For me it’s a way to get him involved in every day choices, and teach him about something before we go through the steps in a different environment. I show him the activity on his tablet, then we apply it to our real world situations. When we got home the glorious internet was working; for this I am thankful. Owen smiled over at me, as one of the characters did something on the screen. His smile is what motivates me. What is your motivation. Find your inspiration and go after your dreams. Smiles to all and donut daze!
I'm Lynn Browder. Owen's Mommy. The best moments in time are when I get to see the smile on his face and that giggle come from his heart.