Lessons in Parenting Special Needs, 1/7/13

One of the beautiful things about parenting children with disabilities is that the little, tiny triumphs can make your whole day.  And when you have a hand in that, you feel like the Greatest Mommy in the World.

I experienced one of these last week.  Zoe was having a hard time getting down to bed on Thursday night, but I got a 4-star rating on my parenting.  I did a few things that were truly successful, like putting veggies on their plates and encouraging them to try them.

Next, I’ve been struggling doing night time brushing so I started, by putting my toothbrush in my mouth and encouraging Amelia to follow along.  She doesn’t get the strokes at all and if I show her what to do with my hand outside my mouth, she gets confused.  But  by modeling right next to her, she got it!  Well, it’s a start anyway.  If anyone has tips how to teach an orally sensitive kid to floss, please speak up!

As for Zoe, I put her to bed … and we were SO early, that I read half of Dr. Seuss’ sleep book and two pages from our daily bible we just got.  Amelia decided to hop in Zoe’s bed (it’s queen sized) so this was actually lovely!  Once done, we said prayers, then Amelia stood up and walk out of bed.  Zoe was NOT happy..and begged her stay..and for the first time, on her own, said, “Amelia”  !!  Amelia was annoyed but she is a sweet-hearted child, so when I told her what a big deal it was for Zoe to say her name and how much she loved her in asking her to stay, she complied.  Zoe curled up happily, not even facing Amelia, and wound down for the night.

It was actually a beautiful thing, and I’m so happy  to see this.  Good week for the little ones!

zoe bed

No, that’s not her bed, that’s Amelia’s. Turnabout is fair play :)

Have you experienced any teeny breakthroughs with your kids?  Tips on how to teach good dental care?  Share away!

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  1. says

    Oh wow, dental care is a bit of a challenge for us. I assume it is because of sensory issues. I knew my son was just kind of moving the brush around in his mouth and eating the toothpaste, but I would just let him “brush” and them I would usually brush his teeth for him at the end of the brushing session. Of course “my turn” caused lots of yelling and extra spitting of paste. It’s hard for me to break out of old thinking patterns, but last week I decided to show him (again) what happens when I brush my teeth, and I realized like a light blub moment how loud it is when you brush properly. So I brushed my teeth a little and I said, “Hear that noise? That’s what it sounds like when you actually brush those teeth, not just move the brush around to look like you’re brushing.” It seemed to get through and the teeth have started to get a little cleaner without my actually brushing them for him, when I say “make the brushing sound!”

    • Gina B says

      Oo, good one, Lenzi!! I’ll be sure to incorporate sound when I brush with Amelia tonight. Thank you for sharing that awesome tip!