He used to lie down on the floor and rock, especially to music. It was pretty darn cute, most of the time, except when we would have company who really didn’t know Noah, and then I would suddenly feel weird about what he was doing. It was interesting to me because it never usually bothered me…except for those times when others were around. Well anyway, he eventually stopped doing that several years ago, just like he sort of outgrew other behaviors. I’m sure he will never stop lining up his cars though. Oi Vey !!!
The latest interesting behaviors have to do with tape on the face and wearing the same clothing everyday until it is ripped and tattered. I deal with this by accepting it within the home, and not allowing him to leave the house in those clothes, with tape on his face. Again, Oi Vey !!!
I am old enough now to know, without a doubt, that stuff really does work out okay. I can look back and remember the struggles of the early years with Noah. I don’t feel things the same way anymore. I am making peace with what is, and it feels good. I am easier on myself and have learned to forgive myself for the stuff I didn’t do for and with Noah, and his siblings. I can do this because I am now able to recognize that I did the best I could based on what I knew and what I had to work with. I am doing it still. Good enough is just that… good enough.
- Laugh every single day
- Realize there are things beyond your control
- Set reasonable expectations for yourself
- Reject the notion that there is a perfect way to raise your kid
- Be content knowing “good enough” really is
- Look in the mirror at least once a day and give yourself a thumbs up
- Laugh some more
Meet The Author...
Delores... has been a single mom of 8 kids since 1998. Since that time, she has completed a Masters in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education and began working with Child Development Services in Medford, Oregon in September of 2000. Her message is one of optimism, hope, and tenacity...Read More...
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