Owen slept all night but woke extremely sleepy. Me, I didn’t sleep most of the night and I’m always sleepy. He was excited to go back to school after a snow day and I knew that it would help him to go. I also know that sometimes when he comes home from school I get that attitude he couldn’t unleash during school. He was full of words and actions, some good and some a little loud. Okay, so really loud. He screamed a lot and I tried not to cry. We are working on behavioral issues. I remind him we are a team and we don’t scream at each other, especially an inch from my nose. I feel it’s important to teach him about respect and working together. He may not understand it all but he is getting there. When he got off the bus, he said, “I rode the bus home”. There were his glorious words and he formed his own sentence. I tell him to use his words because he will use a lot of sounds. They aren’t all screams but he gets frustrated when I don’t understand him so I will sometimes fill in both sides of the conversation to help him with words and the structure of sentences. On today’s edition of why correcting Owen is a delicate balance of give and take you will see why the chicken crossed the table. He stuffed half his chicken patty in his mouth piece by piece, really quickly because I told him not to stick the chicken up his nose. He then made more noises, laughing hysterically, taking one piece at a time out of his mouth throwing them around. So how do you patiently explain and or ignore chicken flying around the room. But then there it was the happy connection for the day. I said, “I am so glad” and before I could finish he said, “you happy today”. He realized that glad meant happy. I was going to tell him that I was glad he enjoyed his chicken but his explanation worked better. Find what makes you happy, rejoice in the moment, and know that you are amazing. Smiles to all and donut daze!
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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.