Friday, August 24, 2007

Trying not to be too positive . . .

How horrible does that sound? My adoptive son with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome has had pretty darn good first week of school. Bear in mind that he is only able to attend 3 hours a day due to issues we had last year. He has his own 1:1 personal aid and works in a separate classroom for the vast majority of the day. He has however had a pretty good week. He has had no "unhappy faces" on his behavior card. Yeah! I take that with a grain of salt, because you never know what can be around the bend for children like these. I am learning how to be proud of today's accomplishments without having expectations for tomorrow. . . That's difficult for me. Good job Dustin! Keep trying your best.

I have had some realizations lately of exactly how far behind Dustin is compared to other children his age. Our neighbor's step son ran away with his pregnant girlfriend last week. He is 13. Dustin will be 13 never February. Dustin is in seventh grade, and here I am talking about receiving unhappy faces on a behavior card. This child is getting girls pregnant. I am grateful for mental illness sometimes. Does that sound callus?

3 comments:

Patty said...

Not to me...I TOTALLY get it!

enigma4ever said...

I totally understand ...many hugs to you and your son....may his days be happier than last year...and your peace of mind come...you and Robert are doing such a good job...he is so lucky to have you as his mom....namaste..

Dizzy Dezzi said...

I don't think you are being too callous. As parents, we have enough to worry about, regardless of where our children are in life. Your child's progress is his own, do not worry too much that he is not keeping up with the "Joneses" kid...as you can see, that is not exactly a standard anyone should be living up to.