Today the boys have been experimenting with the use of force. It began innocently enough with me using the salad spinner to wash and dry some lettuce. From there the boys decided to see how much force was needed to get their “go-carts” down the stairs. They labored for some time over getting the perfect vehicle and used a tape measure to try and get the right-sized container for each driver. Here are some photos of their activities:
It was a very loud activity but they really enjoyed themselves and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them work through it.
After the go-cart game, the boys went into the playroom and were making costumes for their new Mario and Luigi action figures. This was interesting because they were making everything out of paper. It was really heartwarming to sit back and hear them exchanging ideas and complimenting one another on their ingenuity. Of course, there were some disagreements, too but we were able to work them out together. I have found that “being there” is the key when dealing with Ryan and his upsets. It’s so important to be present and catch him before he gets too upset to think straight. We have been able to work through so many things this way and he’s beginning to recognize the behavior and come to me with a problem. It’s not often that he does that yet but it is happening and that’s what is important. Too many parents expect their kids to do so much on their own and for a five year old I just don’t think that’s fair. He still needs my presence to help guide him through the rough spots. Iain needs that kind of help when he’s playing a video game. By being around them as much as I am, we’re able to individualize the attention they receive and help them over an emotional hurdle when presented with one. Were Ryan in school, I know he would be considered a problem because teachers and schools just aren’t equipped to handle situations like that.
We are so fortunate to be able to live life this way and witness the changes in our children and celebrate their successes the moment they happen.